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Body of American diver
retrieved in Dauin

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The body of an American national, who was reported missing after a free dive off the coast of Dauin, Negros Oriental Friday, was found at around 9 a.m. Saturday about 60 feet under water.

Divers from resorts and dive shops in Dauin retrieved the body of Nicholas Stephen Karr, 24, single, near the marine reserve at District 2 of the town Poblacion on the second day of the search and rescue operations.

Police Officer 2 Karl Ahman Diaz of the Dauin Police said that, based on initial investigation, Karr was fully equipped when he went on a free dive alone at around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

About an hour after, some of Karr’s companions reported that he failed to surface and return to shore. Police responded at around 12:30 p.m., and negotiated with nearby dive shops and resorts for an immediate search.

Rescuers from the provincial government, the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary were also deployed to help in the search.

The victim’s full gear was still intact when his body was recovered at a depth that people who knew him said he was capable of reaching for a free dive, Diaz added.

His remains now lie at a funeral home in Bacong, Negros Oriental, the police said.

Diaz said Karr’s parents have been informed of his death, although no one has contacted police yet to claim the body.

Karr was previously enrolled at Silliman University for some subjects in Coastal Resource Management, SU sources said.

Police said Karr was temporarily staying at a resort in Dauin town, and cause of death has yet to be determined.*JFP

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