By CBSLA Staff

SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) – The search continued Tuesday for a 34-year-old diver who went missing off Santa Cruz Island Sunday evening.

Nov. 30, 2020. (SBCSO)

Ryder Sturt of Port Hueneme was diving for lobster with a partner off a 20-foot boat in the Painted Cave Preserve area of the island’s coastline when he failed to surface and was reported missing at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal responded the radio call for help from Sturt’s diving partner, and with the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter and dive teams, searched the ocean waters around Santa Cruz Island overnight Sunday and all day Monday with no success.

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The search was continuing Tuesday morning. The Los Angeles and Ventura County Sheriff’s dive teams was assisting.

No foul play is suspected in Sturt’s disappearance.

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Santa Cruz Island is located about 22 miles southwest of Santa Barbara.