A report of a scuba diver in Santa Catalina’s Emerald Bay yelling “help,” then going under, prompted a search Tuesday.

A commercial dive boat captain told the Coast Guard that, on Monday afternoon, a diver from his boat “had surfaced, yelled ‘help’ and then went under the water,” according to the Coast Guard.

The name of the person search teams were looking for was not disclosed.

A helicopter, boats and divers were being used to look for the person.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the search turned into what sheriff’s Capt. Doug Fetteroll called a “recovery operation.”

“Our dive team will keep looking for him until dark and return in the morning if necessary,” Fetteroll said.

Emerald Bay, one of Southern California’s top snorkeling and scuba diving spots, is on the west end of the island, about 2 miles northwest of Isthmus Cove at Two Harbors.

City News Service

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