Buffalo Police Diver Missing Hours After Going Underwater

Officers from multiple agencies, and the U.S. Coast Guard, still searching for missing Buffalo Police diver, as daylight fades

Buffalo, NY - A Buffalo police officer, who is a member of the agency's dive team, went missing during a training exercise at about 12:50 PM on Friday, according to The Buffalo News .

The search is continuing, although police chaplains have been called to the scene at the foot of Ferry St.

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo told reporters with The Buffalo News that "the recovery team was conducting routine training when the diver went missing at about 12:50 p.m."

He said "As you see here, we have an extensive search underway looking for our diver. We have outside agencies that have come in to help us, as well as the Coast Guard and Canadian assets."

One police official, when asked if the operation had become a recovery effort instead of a rescue, said "We don’t know. We are hoping for a miracle. Maybe he popped up on the shore somewhere."

A police diver from another agency confidentially said that divers train with a tether, and apparently his tether had separated.

He said that when divers do this type of training that they are tethered to a common line. He also said that "divers go underwater with a primary air tank that has between 60 and 90 minutes of air in it, depending on how hard the diver is breathing, and a second "pony" bottle that provides about 10 minutes of air."

In a press release, the Coast Guard confirmed that crews had 'discovered' the diver's tender cable had parted, and the diver's secondary dive tanks were later discovered on the surface of the river. It is about 25 feet deep at that location.

Police advised The Buffalo News that a glove of the type worn by members of the dive team had been located off Bird Island.

The city of Buffalo was in the process of bringing in portable search lighting with generators, which would allow teams to work into the night.

Buffalo Police Chaplain Bilal Abdullah said "It's in God's hands. We hope for something positive."

Our thoughts and prayers for all involved in this search.

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May God hold all of you in his grace! Thoughts and prayers are with each and alll

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Thoughts and prayers for him and family members

My thoughts are with the departments and the families. This is such a hard time. I was hopeful is didn't turn into a recovery from a rescue. #allonefamily The Gulf Coast is thinking about you all.

Sad situation. Praying Craig is found alive and well.

Praying all ends well!

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Dear God. I hope they locate the diver. A friend is an on-call search and rescue diver and former SEAL. I am praying for the best outcome. I am a PADI open water diver. Let's hope this wasn't any equipment failure. It sounds like this men is well-trained. Of course! ⚫🔵⚫

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The search is still ongoing. 😞 They're now looking northward on the river from the initial search area. Please, God, let them find him!

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