OIST staffer missing on diving assignment
A 37-year-old male staff member of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, who had been on a diving assignment to install a research equipment unit on the seafloor between Motobu Town and Ie Island went missing about 11:00 on Monday.
According to Nago Maritime Safety Agency, the man had been installing equipment to measure sea currents on the seafloor with another diver at a depth of about 60 meters. The other diver rose to the surface first, but could not find his companion, and made an emergency call.
The Nago Maritime Safety Agency continued to search the missing diver on Tuesday.