Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard said on Wednesday, June 5, that it was scouring the Tubbataha Reef area in Palawan in search of a missing diver.

The PCG identified the diver as Bryan Nazareno, who was part group of underwater photographer Scott "Gutsy" Tuason.

The PCG said it received the report on Nazareno at 11 am on Tuesday, June 4. Nazareno went diving with his group in Amos Rock in Tubbataha Reef and had been missing since 4 pm of Monday, it added.

The PCG said it directed PCG District Palawan to verify the report, coordinate with the diver's group, and launch search and rescue operations. 

It said the BRP Cabra, with frogmen from the Special Operations Group and a medical team on board, was dispatched to the Tubbataha Reef shortly after the PCG received the report

“As of now, rescue teams are still scouring the area,” the PCG said on Wednesday.

The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in the Sulu Sea is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a protected area and one of the world's most important marine sanctuaries, making it a divers' haven. – Rappler.com