Last updated on February 20, 2020
Cozumel, Q.R. — A Canadian man who went diving March 16 off Cozumel has yet to be found. The man, 35-year-old Cameron Donaldson, failed to resurface Saturday after a dive with his mother.
The pair went diving around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Playa Rocas in the northern hotel zone. They separated under water so Cameron could dive deeper, however, while his mother Bonnie resurfaced at the agreed upon time, Cameron did not.
The Navy of Mexico did set out in search of the man, but to date, he has not been located. Concerned friends and family say they fear Cameron has been taken into the open sea by strong currents.
Local boats have also set out in search of the Canadian man, but to no avail. Members of the Search and Rescue Station of the Navy of Mexico continue looking.
Cameron, who is from the Montreal suburb of Lachute, lived on Cozumel part of the year. He is an experienced diver and instructor. Friends and family have requested the support of residents and boaters in particular, along the entire Yucatan Peninsula to keep watch in the local waters for Cameron.
They say due to the strong Caribbean currents, he could be in areas around Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, Cabo Catoche, Holbox, Yum Balam, Contoy Island, Rio Lagartos Reserve or Celestún.
With news that local marine authorities are likely to end their search efforts, the family is requesting the support of a helicopter. They ask anyone who may see Cameron to please call 55 23 58 72 50.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help raise search and rescue money for Cameron.