Thursday, May 5, 2011

Navy stops search for missing Chinese diver in Palawan

by RSJ, GMA News, Friday, May 06, 2011

After six days of fruitless searching, the Philippine Navy ended Friday its efforts to look for a Chinese diver who went missing off Tubbataha Reef in Palawan.

The Navy had dispached a patrol gunboat and an Islander plane to look for the diver, identified only as Chang, radio dzBB's Palawan affiliate reported Friday.

But the Navy issued a maritime advisory asking fishermen and passing ships in the area to notify it if they see tracees of the missing diver.

Chang had been missing for at least six days, even as Navy efforts to locate him with its Patrol Gunboat 385 proved futile, the report said.

An initial investigation showed Chang went missing off the Tubbataha Reef area after their boat encountered big waves and sank last weekend.

The Naval Forces West said Chang disappeared after waves buffeted the boat carrying eight other passengers.

The boatman and seven other passengers had been rescued.

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