GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Rescuers in the Cayman Islands have ended their search for a Pinehurst man who vanished during a diving excursion.
The missing 57-year-old man’s tank, buoyancy control device and an article of his clothing have been found in depths greater than 110 feet (33 meters) at the Barracuda Wall dive site. But despite three days of searching, they have found no sign of David Byles.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said Byles was last seen Sunday morning during an organized dive at Barracuda Wall off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.
He had surfaced with his wife after a dive and they were swimming about 100 yards (90 meters) back to the boat when he vanished from view, police said. An immediate search of the area by the boat’s crew failed to find him.
Police Inspector Ian Yearwood said Wednesday that rescuers have done as much as they can do to recover his body and “bring some closure to his family.” He says the decision to end the search has been discussed with Byles’ wife.
Byles was last seen Sunday after surfacing from a dive. He vanished while swimming back to the boat with his wife.