The search for the missing Texas Shark Diver has been called off after a sweeping U.S Coast Guard search that covered more than 4,000 square miles.
John Petty, a 63-year-old Doctor from Texas went missing last Sunday in the waters of Tiger Beach on Grand Bahamas Island. This beach is known for the high number of tiger sharks that reside there making it a popular spot for dive excursions.
John along with Jim Abernethy, a famous figure in the shark-diving world, and a small group of divers went into a multi-day adventure over the weekend. The distress call was issued at 8 p.m Sunday when John did not surface with the group.
On Wednesday, the search crews found dive and camera equipment one mile from where John was last seen, he was an avid photographer and it is highly possible these equipment belong to him. The Bahamian Government reviewed the equipment that were found and compared it to past searches, concluding that a shark attack was the cause for Petty’s disappearance.
Tiger Beach has been home for several attacks and close calls, but the cage less shark-diving aficionados can’t seem to avoid the thrill of hand-feeding these great creatures.
Petty’s son-in-law issued a statement Wednesday afternoon thanking everyone for their support and prayers. A memorial service is being planned and details will be announced shortly.
The Surf Channel sends their deepest condolences to Petty’s family and friends.