Coast Guard, local agencies search for diver missing from Port Royal Sound

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Alan Devier (courtesy of Michelle Meissen)

UPDATE (May, 11, 2020)

BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – According to The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen identified the body recovered Sunday near Bay Point Island as Alan Devier, 49.


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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The search continues for a Charleston diver, known by friends as the “Shark Tooth Fossil Hunter of the Lowcountry,” who went missing this week in the Port Royal Sound.

The Coast Guard and local agencies have been searching for Alan Devier, 49, by boat and helicopter since Tuesday.

Michelle Meissen, who told NOW she met Devier through her organization Palmetto Ocean Conservancy, said she was shocked to hear her friend had gone missing.

Meissen said Devier has been diving for some 10 years now. He often donates the shark’s teeth he finds on dives to local organizations, as well as Tybee Island’s “tooth fairy” hunt.

She told NOW he was out with a diving buddy Monday afternoon and “didn’t come up.”

Since then, according to the Coast Guard, crews have searched every day for Devier, covering 785 square miles.

Meissen said she didn’t quite realize how quickly he could have moved from the Port Royal Sound but noted that winds have been high in recent days.

The Coast Guard Cutter Pompano crew and helicopter crews from Air Station Savannah are scheduled to search for the diver through Thursday night.

Meissen remains hopeful the search will continue until her friend is found.

Devier was last seen wearing a black scuba suit. Anyone with information in the search is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at 843-740-7050.

Agencies involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
  • Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston
  • Coast Guard Station Tybee Island
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pompano
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beaufort County Marine Rescue Squadron 
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Fripp Island Fire and Rescue
  • Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services

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