Body found Sunday near Bay Point Island identified as missing diver

Body found Sunday near Bay Point Island identified as missing diver
A multi agency search for a missing diver is still proving unsuccessful. (Source: WTOC)

BEAUFORT CO, S.C. (WCSC) - The Beaufort County Coroner says a body recovered Sunday is that of a 49-year-old diver who was missing since April 28.

Alan Devier had been reported missing after he went scuba diving. His body was recovered near Bay Point Island, Coroner Edward Allen said.

A forensic autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause and manner of death, Allen said.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a request for helicopter assistance from Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on April 28, for a missing diver in a black scuba suit.

After an extensive search, the Coast Guard suspended its search for the diver near Port Royal Sound on days later. After searching more than 7,589 square miles for over 168 hours, officials announced they had been unable to locate Devier.

“Working alongside state and local agencies as well as numerous volunteers, we have searched aggressively since Tuesday evening,” Commander of Sector Charleston Capt. John Reed said. “Despite that effort, we have been unable to locate Alan. It is with a heavy heart that I have suspended our active search for him. The Devier family remains in my thoughts and prayers.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
  • Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pompano
  • Coast Guard Station Tybee Island
  • Coast Guard Station Charleston
  • Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Tybee Island
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beaufort County Marine Rescue Squadron
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Fripp Island Fire and Rescue
  • Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services

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