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UPDATE: Coast Guard Suspends Search for Dr. John Petty

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UPDATE: MIAMI (KYTX)— The Coast Guard has suspended the search Wednesday, for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night. 

Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain of the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went shark diving with eight others and did not return.

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that searched alongside Royal Bahamas Police Force. Coast Guard crews aboard the following assets who assisted:Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircraft. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter.

Dive gear believed to belong to Petty was found during the extensive search that covered more than 4,600 miles, lasting 64 hours of total search time.


UPDATE: LONGVIEW (KYTX) - According to the Coast Guard, the search continues for a Longview chiropractor who disappeared Sunday night during a commercial shark dive.

A mask and photography equipment have been found, but authorities are not saying if it's related.

The search for Dr. John E. Petty resumed this morning near West End, Bahamas, where Petty disappeared.

Meanwhile, a receptionist at Petty's medical office in Longview says Gladewater chiropractor Dr. Cody Hopson has agreed to step in and see Petty's patients starting this afternoon while the search continues.

"I would love for East Texas to pray for Dr. Petty and his family," receptionist Judy Luttrell said. "Please pray." Those with the U.S. Coast Guard District 7 Command Center in Miami tell CBS19, Dr. John Petty went missing on a dive about 20 nautical miles away from the town of West End in the Bahamas. They say he was diving with 8 other people and they surfaced but he did not.

A Coast Guard ship was scheduled to remain in the search area Monday night. A helicopter and plane which were helping in the search since Sunday stopped for the night. They were set to resume Tuesday morning.

According to the website for Petty's chiropractic office, Dr. Petty enjoys underwater nature photography while scuba diving. Petty is a Gilmer native.

The U.S. Coast Guard released the following statement Tuesday afternoon: The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture approximately 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night.

Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went shark diving with eight others and he never returned.

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since alongside Royal Bahamas Police Force. Currently on scene and searching are the crews aboard:
  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida HC-130 Hercules aircraft.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter.
Rescue crews have found dive gear within the search area but have not located Petty.

Petty was last seen by one of the divers in the group.



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