Search for lost Russian divers called off

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Egyptian police have halted their search for three missing Russian divers in the Red Sea, and official said Monday, but a private diving rescue service said it will continue the search for another day.

The divers went missing in the Red Sea waters on Wednesday while diving at the Elphinstone Reef, southeast of the resort of Marsa Alam.  The three were planning to dive at the Elphinstone Reef to a depth of 90 meters (295 feet), which is against the law. Diving deeper than 40 meters (131 feet) is not permitted in Egypt.

A police official said that the government halted its rescue operation because it determined the divers did not survive, and underwater currents would make it impossible to find their bodies.