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American diver still missing at Napantao

February 4 - 10, 2017

Brgy. Napantao, San Francisco – The Southern Leyte Coast Guard and volunteers of local private dive resorts are (as of this writing) still continuing their search for American Diver Max Quinn who was last seen diving at the Napantao Marine Sanctuary.

The 28-year old Quinn, was last seen diving at the Napantao dive site, early in the afternoon last Feb. 4 and had not been seen since.

Coast Guard Acting Station Commander, Wencis Lao John M. Wencis Lao, has informed SLT that because of the widened and deeper seawater search, their office has requested an additional 4 technical divers and four recreational divers from
Metro Manila who are expected to arrive soon.

Reports claim that Quinn who was staying at Peter’s Dive Resort was diving with Frenchman Jeofrey Mayer, both of whom left the resort and started their dive at Napantao at around 10:32 a.m.

According to the records, Quinn and Mayer were reportedly only supposed to go for an 8-meter dive, but Quinn went deeper and hand signaled Mayer to do the same. Mayer refused and emerged from the seawaters at 11:05 a.m. without his dive buddy. After waiting for sometime for Quinn to ascend, local resort divers and the Coast Guard immediately entered the water’s depths in searched for Quinn.

Though the chances to find the young diver grows slim on each passing day, the coast guard revealed to SLT that there is still hope to find Quinn as he was a good swimmer and might have drifted to nearby land. The Philippine Coast Guard is also conducting search operations at Limasawa Island and Surigao province.

Meanwhile, in a phone interview, the United States embassy in Metro Manila said that it will now monitor the developments of the search, and that they are ready to help any of their citizens when the case arises.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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