Search for missing military diver continues


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — Search and rescue teams continued scouring the coast of Talikud Island and its immediate environs on Monday after failing to find the military officer who went missing after a proficiency dive on Saturday morning.

Capt. Roda Leoncito, acting chief of the Public Information Office of the Eastern Mindanao Command said the incident monitoring team, headed by Eeastmincom deputy commander Brig. General Ronnie Evangelista, was dispatched Saturday to look for the soldier along the shorelines of Samal Island and Digos City.

She added rescue teams conducted four aerial surveys using UH-1D aircraft and launched two diving operations over the weekend, covering the vicinity of Talikud Island and adjacent areas, but to no avail.

Personnel from the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, Tactical Operations Group, Task Force Davao, and Philippine Coast Guard have extended support to the search and rescue operations.

The family of the missing soldier has requested that his identity be withheld for the meantime.

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, 10 soldiers from the Eastmincom went on a diving proficiency training at Angel’s Cove, a diving site off Talikud Island southwest of main Samal Island.

Leoncito said the diver had a buddy during the training but he failed to surface. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)