MCSO: Search for diver now recovery effort

PEORIA, AZ - Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say what started as a search for a scuba diver who did not surface at Lake Pleasant Thursday, is now being called a recovery mission.

According to MCSO, four divers were in the water above the old dam and only three resurfaced.

MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom said searchers are now trying to recover the fourth diver.

Hegstrom said the divers were diving off a pontoon boat. He said the missing diver was last seen around 2:45 p.m. and had about 140 minutes of air available.

Sgt. Jim Kempher told ABC15 Thursday night that the divers were about 170 feet down in an area that is as deep as 250 feet.

Kempher said the diver is a male in his 60s and is believed to be very experienced. The name of the missing diver has not been released.

He said all the divers went into the water together and when they noticed one of their party was missing they searched for about 15 minutes before calling authorities.



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