Naval Station Norfolk resumes normal operations, no diver found

All piers at Naval Station Norfolk are closed after watchstanders spotted a diver of some sort near Pier 7 Monday.

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- All piers at Naval Station Norfolk were closed after watchstanders reported seeing a diver in the water near Pier 7.  

A U.S. Navy spokeswoman told 13News Now the diver was spotted just after 9 a.m. Watch standers told officials the diver appeared to be wearing goggles and a scuba tank. 

Officials quickly shut down all 13 piers and NCIS began investigating. 

A news conference scheduled to take place at USS Gerald R. Ford was canceled as a result of the search.

As of 6:00 p.m., they had not found the person seen by watch standers. The lockdown was lifted for every pier except Pier 7 while officials continued searching the possible diver. 

The Navy searched for the possible diver until 2 a.m. but nothing was found. 

Nearly 12 hours after watchstanders first observed the diver, Naval Station Norfolk resumed normal operations. 

According to a release from Naval Station Norfolk:

"After an extensive search by Explosives Ordnance Disposal Units, Naval Station Norfolk Security, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, United States Coast Guard vessels and ship watchstanders, no diver was found and all ships were determined to be clear." 

No follow up search was done on Tuesday. 

 

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