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In Finistère, a mine clearance diver missing


A clearance diver was reported missing during training in Brest harbor. Search operations are still in progress.

During a training session in the harbor of Brest, a diver from the group of clearing divers of the Atlantic (GPD-A) did not come to the surface.

Significant research resources have been deployed to try to find the missing person, reports the daily Ouest-France.

The Cross Corsen in charge of rescue at sea has engaged an important research device: the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Bretagne, the star of the marine firefighters of Brest, a coastal tug of the naval base of Brest, coastal patrol boats of maritime surveillance of the Brest maritime gendarmerie, a semi-rigid boat from the SDIS (departmental fire and rescue service) of Finistère, the Dragon 29 civil security helicopter subsequently relieved by a Caiman helicopter from the French Navy, the speedboat of the SNSM Notre-Dame de Rocamadour as well as a land patrol of the national gendarmerie.

The French Navy continues research

The French Navy also mobilized the clearing divers of the GPD-A and engaged the tripartite mine hunter Andromède, equipped with a sonar allowing underwater research.

But at 9 p.m., relief operations were suspended for lack of new information.

"Nevertheless, research is continuing with resources from the National Navy and the maritime gendarmerie", indicated the maritime prefecture.

The Lorient gendarmerie brigade was seized of the investigation by the Brest prosecutor in order to determine the precise circumstances of this disappearance.

The demining divers of the Navy are a body of the French Navy, attached to the Naval Action Force, specialized in missions of neutralization of explosive devices, underwater work, underwater research, amphibious operations or even assault stripping in the context of maritime counterterrorism.

Source: leparis

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