Wednesday 10 August 2022

Second body found in search for divers who went missing at weekend

Illustration: By Janwillemvanaalst via Wikimedia Commons

The body of a second diver who went missing at the weekend in the Grevelingenmeer in Zeeland has been recovered, police have said.

Naval divers are recovering the body of the man, who has not yet been identified. The body of the other missing diver was found earlier on Monday.

The alarm was raised on Saturday evening after the two men, one of whom was an experienced diving instructor, failed to return to the Scharendijke diving club to collect their car keys.

They are understood to have been planning to visit several wrecks in the Grevelingenmeer over the weekend. NRC reported that they were likely to have been found in Le Serpent, a French-built vessel that has been adapted to make it safe for recreational divers.

The inlet, which was closed off from the sea during the construction of the Delta works during the 1970s, contains a number of historic shipwrecks and is a popular spot for divers who perform between 800,000 and a million dives a year.

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