Margaret River search: Police suspend search operation at The Box to find missing diver

Miriam Fisher and Taylar AmoniniThe West Australian
The diver was last seen at renowned surf location The Box.
Camera IconThe diver was last seen at renowned surf location The Box. Credit: WA Police

Police have suspended their search for a diver reported missing off a popular surfing spot in Margaret River on Friday afternoon.

The man was last seen diving at The Box north of Surfers Point - a popular yet dangerous break because of its shallow, jagged reef - about midday.

It’s understood beach witnesses called police having seen the man enter but not leave the water.

Beachgoers shared their concerns about the man’s welfare.

“We saw the guy head down. He looked like he knew what he was doing, but three hours seemed like a long time to be out there so we’re all a bit worried for him,” one said.

“Better to be safe than sorry, I always say.”

Surf Life Saving raised the alarm about 1pm, sparking a huge search operation in the area that included the deployment of police air wing and a marine crew.

The man, who was described as being in his 30s with long, dark hair, was wearing a full black wetsuit and camouflage diving fins.

On Saturday, however, police suspended the search as they said no missing persons had been reported, and they had failed to find any belongings or car abandoned at the beach.

“Police no longer require assistance with this matter. The search has been suspended,” a police statement read. “After conducting inquiries, it was cannot be ascertained there was a person in distress, or in need of assistance.”

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