Search called off for diver

A SEARCH has been called off for a female diver who went missing off the Suffolk coast.An intensive search for the woman, who went missing 40 miles off the coast on Sunday, ended early yesterday afternoon after no body or equipment was found.

A SEARCH has been called off for a female diver who went missing off the Suffolk coast.

An intensive search for the woman, who went missing 40 miles off the coast on Sunday, ended early yesterday afternoon after no body or equipment was found.

Rescue helicopters, a Dutch aircraft and the Great Yarmouth Coastguard had scoured the area without any breakthrough.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “It's such a large area to search for one person and if they haven't been found now then you've got to be realistic.”

The woman, believed to be from Antwerp in Belgium, failed to resurface after a dive at around 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

Great Yarmouth Coastguard received a Mayday call from the M/V Stena Trader reporting that she had been diving at 36m to 40m and had not surfaced.

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Rescue helicopters from Wattisham Airfield and Belgium were launched to help find the woman.

The woman has not yet been identified.

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