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Search operation finds missing diver off Jersey

The crew said they had lost sight of a diver's marker buoy and that they were 20 minutes overdue in coming back to the surface. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Rescue crews have found a diver who went missing from a boat off the coast of Jersey.

The rescue was the second incident of its kind in 24 hours and involved Jersey Coastguard, RNLI, JLA and a French helicopter from Granville.

Responders were called to a local fishing boat about 12 nautical miles south east if St Helier at around 10am on Tuesday 17 September.

The crew said they had lost sight of a diver's marker buoy and that they were 20 minutes overdue in coming back to the surface.

Responders were sent to the scene and a mayday call was broadcast. The coastguard were able to calculate the likely drift from the diver's last known position and began a search operation.

The diver was then found by the RNLI inshore lifeboat and checked over before being returned to the fishing boat.

Jersey Coastguard say the incident highlights the importance of divers using recognised surface marker buoys to help detect them and urge them to remember this when planning their next dive.