Kirklees Council officer Rob Dalby's body still missing at sea 3 days after tragic diving accident

Kirklees Council officer Rob Dalby’s body still missing at sea 3 days after tragic diving accident

Specialist teams are continuing to search for the body of a Kirklees Council officer following a tragic diving accident on the Isles of Scilly.

Rob Dalby, 55, who worked as a green space operational manager at the council, was diving off the island of St Mary’s when his equipment is said to have failed.

He has not been seen since.

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Kirklees Council has since paid tribute to their much-loved colleague and say the accident has come as a “huge shock”.

Now, Peter Lau, spokesman for The British Sub Aqua Club and the West Yorkshire Fire Service Scuba Section, has confirmed a search operation is currently ongoing to locate Mr Dalby.

In a statement given to YorkshireLive, Peter Lau said: “Mel Dalby, Rob’s wife, the West Yorkshire Fire Service Scuba Diving Section, and the British Sub Aqua Club are all deeply saddened to report the loss of Rob Dalby aged 55, who went missing during a dive in the Isles of Scilly, on Wednesday, July 28.

“Search operations are presently being conducted by the coastguard, local dive and fishing boat operators – as well as a specialist police underwater dive team.

“The weather and sea conditions at present are hampering underwater searches.

“Rob commenced as a qualified scuba diver in 1996, he was a member too of the Cave Diving Group. He was extremely experienced and well-respected throughout the cave and scuba diving communities, having logged in excess of 1500 dives all over the world with Melanie, his wife and scuba diving buddy.

“Melanie Dalby wishes to thank everyone for their professionalism and support during this most difficult time.

Rob Dalby is said to have logged more than 1500 dives across the globe
(Image: The West Yorkshire Fire Service Scuba Diving Section/British Sub Aqua Club)

“Rob worked for Kirklees Council as their council’s green space operational manager and had worked for Kirklees for 23 years. He was well-respected and liked throughout the authority.

“The British Sub Aqua Club and members of the West Yorkshire Fire Service Scuba Section wish to extend our sincere condolences to Mel, their family and friends at this difficult time.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are subject to investigation by a coroner and so no further comment can be made by Melanie Dalby, the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Scuba Section and the British Sub Aqua Club.”

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Colin Parr, strategic director for environment and climate change, said: “We’re devastated to have learnt about Rob’s accident. It has come as a huge shock to the whole of the council.

“During his 23 years with us, Rob’s been a huge personality here in Kirklees and is such a popular colleague and friend to so many across the whole of the organisation.

“Our thoughts are with Rob’s family and friends at this truly devastating time.”

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