26 September 2005

South Africa: Air search for missing scuba diver is called off

An air search for missing diver Charles Heyns was called off but two boats continued to look for him late on Friday afternoon.

Heyns, an experienced diver from Sunset Beach, disappeared during a night dive near Vulcan Rock off Hout Bay on Thursday.

During the search, rescuers found the decomposed body of another man, believed to be that of a fisherman who went missing two weeks ago when his boat capsized.

There was no sign of a second fisherman who disappeared at the same time.

Brad Geyser, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said the area between Duiker Island and Vulcan Rock was referred to as a washing machine because the water "boiled".

Source: www.iol.co.za


At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the diver with a group? What were the conditions like at the time of the incident? What were his qualifications and experience? This report leaves more questions than answers.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Eric F De goede said...

The diver was in a group of 8 other divers. He was doing his advanced diving course and was a night dive. The conditions were favorable when we entered the water and progressed to get worst.


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