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Coast Guard searching for missing diver near Bahamas

5:41 PM, Feb 2, 2014   |    comments
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Miami, Florida -- A search-and-rescue Coast Guard crew is looking for a missing diver off the coast of New Providence, Bahamas.

Two divers were reported missing after their 21-foot pleasure craft became adrift and was towed back to port. One of the divers was able to swim to shore.

The Coast Guard highly recommends divers heed the following five tips:

  • Have a medical assessment conducted by a doctor before diving.
  • Always dive with a buddy, and leave details of your dive trip with someone ashore who will report you overdue if you run into trouble.
  • Plan your dive, follow your plan, and provide your emergency plan to someone on shore.
  • Choose dives that match your training, experience and fitness level.
  • Practice emergency procedures, like dropping your weight belt and inflating your buoyancy compensator, in a controlled environment.

For more information on diving safety:

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