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Search continues for diver in Canterbury

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017

The police dive squad is set to resume the search for diver missing off the Canterbury coast.

A group of three experienced divers went for a dive about 7.5 nautical miles north of Motunau Beach on Sunday morning and the man was reported missing after not resurfacing as expected at 11am, police say.

A search by the Coastguard and a rescue helicopter had turned up no signs of the diver by Sunday afternoon, with efforts suspended in the evening.

Police said the National Dive Squad would be returning to the area on Monday morning.

The man's immediate next of kin have been notified and are being provided with ongoing support.

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