Beloved Texas doctor missing after shark dive in Bahamas


Longview, TX - A beloved Longview chiropractor has gone missing after a shark dive 20 nautical miles off the coast of the Bahamas.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel "Shear Water," off the coast of West End, Bahamas, late Sunday night, stating Dr. John Petty, 63, went shark diving with eight others and he never resurfaced.

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since. Currently on scene supporting Bahamian authorities and searching are the crews aboard:

-Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami, Florida.

-Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.

-Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was also issued.


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