POLICE will resume a search at first light for a diver who went missing off the Mandurah coast on Saturday.
A Fremantle Water Police spokesman said concerns were growing for the welfare of the 38-year-old Peel man who failed to resurface from a dive 5km offshore from the Dawesville Cut, just south of Mandurah on Saturday afternoon.
The missing man is reportedly a local who knows the area well and is an experienced diver.
The spokesman said a group of five friends arrived at the location late yesterday morning and the missing man had dived once before disappearing.
The group contacted police about 1.30pm when he failed to return to the boat.
“They’re obviously quite distressed themselves and so are the family,” he said.
Police are using four-wheel-drives to search the shoreline between Dawesville and Halls Head, while an air search would resume at first light after being grounded on Saturday afternoon due to “rough weather”.
Search teams involved today include a Surf Lifesaving helicopter, Peel Water Police, Fremantle Water Police dive team, Mandurah Water Rescue Group, Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, Fremantle Sea Rescue and the departments of transport and fisheries.
Poor conditions hampered the search on Saturday with divers pulled from the water, police said.
Marine police are coordinating the search from Fremantle, through an incident commander on the Peel water police boat that is combing the search area.