23 June 2005

Well known British diver has gone missing

Keith Morris, one of Britain's best-known technical divers, went missing on a dive in the English Channel on 17 June. The boat from which he was diving has returned to the scene with a diving search party.

Morris, 66, was one of a group chartering the hardboat Skin Deep, of Weymouth, for a Guernsey-based diving holiday. The group had been in the area for about five days. Morris is reported to have been using a Megalodon rebreather to explore the wreck of a submarine in about 68m of water when he disappeared.

Skin Deep reported the diver missing at 2.20pm, about 20 miles north-west of Guernsey. The area is controlled by the French authorities which co-ordinated searches by a French navy helicopter, the Portland Coastguard helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft from the Channel Islands. The search was stood down after nightfall.

However, on 21 June Skin Deep was back on site with divers to search for signs of Morris, a London-based photographer by profession. A BSAC National Instructor, he was among the first sport divers to undertake trimix diving in British waters.

Projects organised by Morris include the 2001 and 2002 Channel expeditions to dive the WWII wrecks of HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne, in about 80m of water.

Source: www.divernet.com


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