Search called off for missing diver

Victoria Police News

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:09

The search has been called off for a scuba diver missing off the coast of Port Lonsdale since Saturday.

Karen Lee, 42 , from Preston, was diving with a group on a chartered dive about 3 nautical miles off the Bellarine Peninsula on ‘The Coogee’, which lies outside the heads in an area known as ‘Ships Graveyard’ when she was reported missing about 3pm.

Search and Rescue called off the sea search last night.

State Emergency Service volunteers conducted a shoreline search this afternoon but nothing was located.

A camera located with dive equipment on Monday has been confirmed as belonging to Karen.

The dive equipment, also believed to be that of Karen’s, appears to have been damaged by a shark or other marine life.

Enquiries with the dive group have given no indication that there was a shark in the area at the time of her disappearance and subsequent searches failed to show any indication of shark activity near the dive site.

Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.

Karen’s family are grieving and request privacy at this sad and difficult time.  They would like to thank police Search and Rescue, Water Police, Airwing, SES and everyone else involved in the search.

Leonie Johnson
Media Officer

 Source: Victoria Police News Centre