Diver still missing off of Saipan shores

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Guam – For three days, search and rescue units have been scouring the waters of Saipan in search of a diver who went missing Sunday morning.

The diver is identified as John J. Jones, 65, who was diving with three other divers outside the Grotto when Jones vanished.

Department of Fire and EMS Spokeswoman Bobbie Jean Taisacan says first responders got the call for help at 10:30 Sunday morning, after Jones’s companions reported that the victim motioned he was running low on air but otherwise showed no signs of distress.

While re-entering the Grotto, the companions turned around and noticed the victim was no longer with them. The companions returned to the surface, notified security to call in the emergency, changed out their tanks, and dove back into the Grotto to search for the missing diver until CNMI’s Department of Public Safety arrived.

According to Taisacan, DFEMS Units conducted a cliff line search while SARU dove into the Grotto. DPS Boating Safety and DLNR Fish and Wildlife conducted a dive search outside the Grotto in coordination with the US Coast Guard and a Navy HC-25 chopper out of Guam. As of news time, no word yet on Diver John Jones’s attempted rescue.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.