ST. GEORGE – Search crews have found the body of a missing Santa Clara man who disappeared Monday while scuba diving near Catalina Island, California.
The man was 40-year-old Jared Royer, who worked as an anesthesiologist at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
Royer was part of a group on the dive boat Sand Dollar.
The search for Royer began after the dive boat captain told the U.S. Coast Guard a diver from his boat had gone missing Monday night. The boat’s captain said the diver surfaced from the water, cried for help, then slipped back underwater.
Assisting in the search were helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and Coast Guard Sector San Diego; Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 45-foot Response Boat crews; Coast Guard patrol boats; Los Angeles Port Police; Los Angeles County Fire Department; and Los Angeles County Sheriffs.
The Coast Guard suspended its active search for Royer in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island Wednesday evening, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press statement, after Coast Guard boat and air crews scoured approximately 587 square nautical miles, spending more than 69 hours in search patterns.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau diving team eventually located Royer’s body Thursday at a depth of 100 feet.
Investigation into the death is ongoing.
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