by Staff Reporter
DIVERS, launches and a helicopter yesterday continued the search for British tourist James Dutch Mercer who went missing while swimming off the beach at Playa de Muro on Sunday.

It is feared that currents may have dragged his body several miles from the beach.
Mr Mercer, aged 52, arrived on holiday with his wife a few days ago.
He went swimming on Sunday, despite adverse conditions, because he was an experienced swimmer, used to swimming nearly every day, both in winter and in summer.

Another tourist who had also been swimming told the Guardia Civil that he had seen Mr Mercer, but minutes later lost sight of him completely.
His wife, who had been waiting for him on the beach, raised the alarm at 6.15pm.
A search was mounted immediately, but called off when night fell.
It was resumed early yesterday morning.
Taking part in the search were the Air Sea Rescue unit with its launch Cavall Bernat, divers of the Guardia Civil special underwater group, a helicopter and the Red Cross.

There were also patrols on land.
It is feared that his body may have been trapped in the rocks on the sea bed, or may have been carried several miles down the coast by the strong currents.

The director of the Alcudia hotel where the couple were staying expressed his concern, and said that he hoped he would be found soon, although he admitted that there are very few possibilities of him still being alive. The search was called off again at nightfall, but will be resumed first thing this morning for the third consecutive day.


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