Firefighter Described As Experienced Diver
POSTED: 4:56 pm EST March 11, 2004
UPDATED: 6:10 pm EST March 11, 2004
WEIRS BEACH, N.H. -- Rescuers searched Thursday afternoon for a diver believed to be missing under the ice at Weirs Beach.
Two Laconia firefighters were diving in the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee and were separated. Only one of the men resurfaced.
"They had given each other the thumbs up that they we're going to come up," police Sgt. Steve Clarke said. "The first diver came up, and that's when he noticed that the other diver had not come up."
Firefighters and dive teams from around the region searched into the evening around the Weirs Beach area. The missing diver is said to be an experienced diver and was wearing a wet suit and a tank, but it's not clear how long he would be able to survive.
Rescue teams drilled holes in the ice to insert cameras to find some sign of the missing diver. Officials said they are concerned a current might have pushed him out of the area.
The name of the missing firefighter has not been released.