On Friday the 08th of February at 10h12, Durban volunteers were called out following reports from a local dive company of a scuba diver missing during a charter dive at Blood Reef, approximately 1.5 nautical miles off The Bluff.
Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban station commander, said that an off-duty NSRI volunteer who was nearby on the water at the time in his private boat ALICE responded.
Our NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched MEGAN II and on arrival on-scene the body of the missing female diver had been located under water by the Dive Master of the dive charter. Her body was brought to the surface and recovered onto our sea rescue craft at 10h42 and brought to our sea rescue base in Durban. She was confirmed to be deceased by paramedics and handed into the care of the Police.
Police have opened an inquest docket and the name of the deceased woman has not been released. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.
It appears that the diver was taking part in a charter dive when, according to reports, she went missing while scuba diving and the alarm was raised while the fellow divers and the Dive Master launched a dive search.
The deceased is a 50 year from Durban. The family are being attended to by trauma counselors and Sea Rescue’s has expressed sincere condolences to them.