Search enters fourth day for missing scuba diver

A police officer looks over the bow of a rescue boat off Macdonell Island on the St. Lawrence River on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. A search for a missing scuba diver is into its fourth day on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LONG SAULT – O.P.P. divers are back in the water today (Friday) off Macdonell Island, searching for a scuba diver.

This is the fourth day of a search for the diver who failed to surface while diving with a buddy at Lock 21 on Macdonell Island, along the Long Sault Parkway, on Tuesday morning.

The O.P.P. Underwater Search and Recovery Unit is at the location today along with the SD&G O.P.P. Marine Unit.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

With the upcoming weekend, O.P.P. Const. Tylor Copeland was hopeful recreational boaters would also avoid the area as well as reduce their speeds – especially with the O.P.P. boat out on the water.

Authorities have not released any particulars about the missing scuba diver.

Copeland said the divers identity will be released once the body is located.