Monday, 21 September 2009

Police call of search for missing diver - Grand Cayman Island



FINAL UPDATE - Following the announcement that the search for Charles Lynn Titus has ended, his family issued a statement to the media.
“On behalf of the entire family of Charles Lynn Titus, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the unconditional support and kindness from the community of Grand Cayman in the search and ongoing recovery of our beloved family member,” the statement said.
“The amount of time, resources and dedication to this tragic situation from the staff of Divers Down, the Grand Cayman police department, the staff at the Marriott Grand Cayman Resort and from all the volunteer boaters and divers has been unequivocal. Our family will be forever grateful for the immediate and relentless attention to this catastrophic event.”
THURSDAY UPDATE - The Cayman Police announced today (Thursday 24th) that the search for a missing American Diver has been called off. The 60 year old missing diver has been identified as Charles Lynn Titus.
A Las Vegas television station describe Mr. Titus as a commercial litigation attorney with the Nevada law firm Santoro, Driggs, Walch, Kearney, Holley & Thompson.
He was also an author, having recently published his first novel, "Vegas Diaries: A Dish Served Cold."
On Wednesday (today), the Canadian owned dive shop - Divetech - conducted a deepwater search for the missing diver. As of 11pm EST this evening, the diver continues to be listed as missing.
Tuesday morning the Cayman Government announced that the search for the missing diver continues. "Combined Marine Unit," said the government. "Department of Environment and private craft searches for a missing diver resumed along Grand Cayman’s North Wall Tuesday morning."
MONDAY'S POST: Cayman Lime Radio reported this evening that the search continues for a 60-year old Las Vegas tourist who went missing during a morning dive.
The Cayman Compass is reporting that the Treasure Island Resort at 9.40am called emergency officials to say that a diver had gone missing on a boat dive at Eagle Ray Path, North Wall, just outside the Main Channel.
A search operation commenced involving private dive boats, Department of Environment boats, Marine Unit craft Tornado and Defender as well as the Cayman Islands Helicopters aircraft. The Marine Unit dive team has also carried out a search of the area.
Police said the man was last seen at around 9.20am when the group was ascending at the end of a dive. He has not been seen since.
The man is described as wearing a short black wet suit with grey trim and a tank with a yellow top.
Cutline: Eagle Ray Path is the last site on the right side of the middle fold on the map shown left.
LINK - to see a photo of the dive site, Eagle Ray Path visit AKASharkman's Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/akasharkman/297491586/ (note that he has mistakenly labeled the dive site as Eagle Ray Pass and not Eagle Ray Path .

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