By Tara Rippin • 25 May 2019 • 16:54
CABO DE PALOS: Where Phillip Evans had been diving. CREDIT: Shutterstock
A MAJOR sea and air search has located the body of a British diver who disappeared off the coast of south eastern Spain.
Police divers found Phillip Evans, 69, on day two of the search late on Friday near marine reserve Islas Hormigas in the region of Murcia.
He had been diving north of the islands in Cabo de Palos.
According to British media reports, the find was confirmed by Francisco Jimenez, a central government delegate for the region, who said the body of the British diver who disappeared on Thursday “has been located 170 feet underwater in the Hormigas Islands area”.
The former Armed Forces veteran from Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, disappeared after apparently becoming separated from his diving school, who raised the alarm.
The Guardia Civil, Spanish Navy, Red Cross and coastguards were involved in the search.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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