Lizard Inland, Australia — Two American divers missing for more than six hours near Lizard Island, north of Cairns, have been found. A helicopter rescue crew located the pair about 5pm and just moments ago were attempting to winch them to safety.
Authorities are awaiting news on their conditions.
A massive air and sea search was launched after they were reported missing earlier today.
The divers, a man and woman, were on a trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions which operates out of Cairns.
“It’s bloody good news,” a relieved Mr Ball told The Cairns Post.
“If it had been a couple more hours they would’ve been in the drink overnight and who knows what would’ve happened.”
The Ribbon Reef, near Lizard Island, is also renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world.
The pair, who are believed to be two single people diving together, were on the Coral Sea Safari, a seven day, 450 mile cruise aboard the Spoilsport.
They entered the water about 10am and the alarm was raised when they had not returned as expected.
Today’ incident comes 11 years after US Peace Corps workers Thomas Joseph Lonergan, 34, and his wife, Eileen Cassidy, 28, vanished while diving in the blue waters around the small coral head known as Fish City on St Crispin Reef, 38 nautical miles northeast of Port Douglas.