THE missing military diver who disappeared during a morning dive with his comrades off Angel’s Cove at the Island Garden City of Samal last Saturday, April 16, has finally been found.
“Yes. Confirmed na,” was the very short reply of Eastern Mindanao Command commander General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to a text query by Sun.Star Davao Friday late afternoon after learning that a cadaver was found in general the area of Angel’s Cove by the search and retrieval team.
“Ayusin muna natin yung remains. Panacan dadalhin initially. Will provide media wid details pagbalik ng recovery team. Pagpaalam muna namin sa family,” Guerrero texted when asked where the remains will be brought.
Sources, however said, that the body was located around 200 feet deep, 1.8 kilometers away from where the divers originally went down last April 16.
Further information said the body was located using a remote-controlled sonar.
A team of 11 divers from the Eastmincom went on a dive at around 6:40 a.m., last April 16, including the army major whose family had asked that his identify be withheld.
The army major failed to surface after the dive. A search and rescue operation was initiated first among the soldiers right after.
By Sunday, April 17, the search and rescue operations was already composed of divers from the Philippine Army, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Navy, the Maritime Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and civilian volunteers.
The search and rescue was converted to search and retrieval by Tuesday, three days after.