BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The body of a missing diver has been found near Bay Point Island.
The Beaufort County Coroner confirmed the body discovered Sunday is 49-year-old Alan Devier. Devier was reported missing while scuba diving on April 28.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, to help determine the cause of death.
Devier was a frequent diver from North Charleston. His passion for hunting for shark teeth is what led him to the Port Royal Sound nearly two weeks ago.
Devier’s friend said he was with another diver. When the other diver came up an Alan didn’t, he called the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Within hours, the search was being led by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Agencies from Savannah, Charleston, Tybee Island, Beaufort Cunty, volunteers, as well as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources searched for Devier for six days straight.
Michelle Miecen, a friend of Devier, recalled how he volunteered his efforts to donate shark teeth to her organization.
“He just was very passionate about what he was doing. Passionate about the water and he wanted to be able to contribute his services somehow to be able to educate kids throughout the Lowcountry,” Miecen said.
She recalled how experienced Devier was. How he would take people out diving if they wanted to give it a try. Miecen said she knows he was experienced, but he lost his life doing what he loved.
“It’s just sad to know that someone who was well respected, and a great diver has lost his life. But he lost his life doing something that he was passionate about and he loved. So, he’s definitely going to be a guardian of the sea,” Miecen said.
In the end, the search effort for Devier combed over 7,000 nautical miles for over 168 man hours.