Diver missing for over a day feared dead

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By Julie Diamond

A 42-YEAR-OLD diver is feared dead more than a day after he went missing in the Firth of Forth.

The man, from Glenrothes in Fife, who was described as an “experienced” diver, disappeared after asking two friends for more weights when he was searching for shellfish off the coast of Leven.

The two men raised the alarm from the boat they had chartered in Largo Bay when he did not resurface.

Forth Coastguard was alerted at around 1pm on Thursday after a member of the public saw someone waving from the boat.

A Royal Navy rescue helicopter joined Kinghorn Lifeboat volunteers in the hunt for the Fife man. 

An underwater search team from Central Scotland Police took over, but the search was called off shortly before 4pm on Thursday, to be resumed the following day.

Yesterday (Fri) a Fife Police divers were back on the scene.

The diver has not yet been named as members of his family are yet to be notified.

Superintendent Ian Bease, who is directing the investigation, said: “Officers are currently piecing together the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“Central Scotland Police Diving Team who assisted in the search yesterday are returning to Largo Bay this afternoon to continue the search in the area of the disappearance.

“Police are working closely with Health and Safety to establish the full circumstances leading to this incident.”

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