SALT POINT STATE PARK -- Authorities say an abalone diver who disappeared off the coast of Sonoma County is presumed dead.

Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener tells The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports ( ) that search crews believe the unidentified diver is still underwater, and are treating the operation as a recovery, not a rescue.

The diver was last seen Monday at Fisk Mill Cove in Salt Point State Park, a popular spot for abalone diving.

The man's wife, who was watching from shore, called for help at about 5 p.m. after he didn't surface.

Searches Monday and Tuesday were fruitless and low fog grounded an aerial search.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat,