All hope of finding two Danish divers off the coast of Norway appears to be dwindling, with the Norwegian Rescue Service announcing it no longer expects to find the two alive.
The two experienced amateur divers had been diving to the wreck of The Seattle off the southern Norwegian coast near Kristianssand on Sunday when they failed to resurface at a pre-arranged time.
“We no longer expect to find the two alive,” Rescue Operaiton Chief Siv Namork tells politiken.dk.
Search operations have now been handed over to police in Agder. “Until we find someone, we prefer to say that we are searching for missing people ,” says Police Operational Chief Børge Steinsland.
Steinsland adds that a mini submarine is in the area and searching in and around the wreck of The Seattle.
The two were experienced divers from the Nautica Diving Club in Århus and are said to be in their 40s.
“They are very experienced divers who have often dived down to 40 metres. One of them is an experienced technical diver who has dived down to 60 metres,” says Natutica Deputy Chairman Benn Andersen.
The 7369 grt German steamer Seattle went down in the Korsvikfjorden during the German invasion of Norway on April 9th, 1940. The ship was on its way in to Kristiansand after escaping Dutch internment at Curaçao when she came under crossfire between the German cruiser Karlsruhe and the Norwegian coastal fortress at Odderøya.
A favoured diving site since the wreck was discovered in 1988, the Seattle is resting perpendicularly from 22 to 72 metres.
Edited by Julian Isherwood