Search for missing diver called off

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The search for 65-year-old John J. Jones has been called off; he remains missing.

According to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero, the search for Jones was called off 72 hours after the launch of a search for him at the Grotto and surrounding areas.

DPS, along with the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the DPS Boating Safety, started the search on Sunday, Nov. 18.

It’s standard DPS procedure to call off search and rescue missions after 72 hours.

Guerrero added that the search and rescue mission for Jones could not be extended and he is classified as still missing.

Guerrero said that the victim’s family and all parties involved have been notified that all search efforts have ceased.

In a previous article on Saipan Tribune, it said that DFEMS said it received a call from DPS 911 about an overdue diver at the Grotto at 10:30am last Nov. 18.

DFEMS conducted a cliff line search while search teams dove inside Grotto and DPS Boating Safety and Department of Land and Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife conducted a dive search outside the Grotto, in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy helicopter from HC-25 out of Guam.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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