Search continues for missing diver

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities continued searching Wednesday for an Oceanside
man who went missing on Memorial Day after visiting La Jolla Shores for a
scuba-diving outing.

As of early afternoon, efforts to find Jeffrey May, 45, had turned up no
sign of him, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said. Searchers, including
citizen volunteers helping municipal dive crews, planned to keep plying the
waters and scanning the shoreline in the area until early evening, he said.

May went to the northern San Diego beach early Monday, telling his wife
he planned to meet up with a diving group, according to lifeguards. About an
hour later, May called his spouse to say he arrived at the Shores but could not
find the others he had planned to dive with.

When May failed to return home or call his wife again for about 12
hours, she reported him missing.

May's car was found in a parking lot in the area, and a plastic tub
holding his car keys, sunglasses and clothing was located in a grassy area
along the beach. May rented a scuba tank and some diving weights at a nearby
dive shop, but authorities could find no one who saw him entering the water.

Lifeguards spent several hours Monday and all day Tuesday searching the
area in boats, aided by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Murky water conditions were continuing to make the job more challenging,
Lerum said this afternoon. A San Diego fire-rescue helicopter crew was aiding
the ground and water personnel, flying over shallow water areas. A contractor
was providing two remote-controlled underwater vessels equipped with video
cameras.

May's wife told authorities her husband had been a scuba-diving
enthusiast for 25 years. A friend of his, however, said May had not gone on a
dive since last summer and had never done one at La Jolla Shores.

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