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.