07 Dec 2017
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
AS of 3 p.m., Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Fire and Emergency and Medical Services and the U.S. Coast Guard were still searching for a 35-year-old diver, Kil Jun Min.
DPS public information officer Lt. Jason Tarkong said the diver was taking pictures on the “tabletop” at Hidden Beach in Talafofo when a rogue wave pulled him into the rough waters on Tuesday at 3:31 p.m.
Tarkong said the diver was last seen floating in the waters east of the beach.
Kil Jun Min works for a local dive shop and is 5’9” tall, weighs 185-200 lbs., and was wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts, Tarkong said.
DPS launched a rescue boat at the location and was assisted by the DFEMS Search and Rescue unit and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
The search called off at 7:44 p.m. on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday, DPS said.
DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero, who was at the search command post on Wednesday, told Variety that a 35-man search team was on the ground.
He said the inter-agency search party consisted of DPS personnel, Boating Safety, ports police, DFEMS, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
DFEMS public information officer Derek Gersonde said on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., Rescue 1 from the Susupe Fire Station responded to the location and conducted a cliff-line search until operations ceased due to poor visibility.
On Wednesday, at 5:30 a.m., Gersonde said members of the DPS Boating Safety and DFEMS Search and Rescue Unit resumed the search on land and sea with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/100680-diver-missing