Diver from Paulding County missing off Mexican coast

Christina Cassin, 49, of Acworth, and her husband, Scott Turco, were passengers on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, which docked March 28 in Cozumel, according to her daughter, Krystal Schoonover.

Cassin and Turco were diving with a group on a reef about a kilometer from the coast when she disappeared.

Schoonover told the AJC that they were about 10 minutes into the dive when Cassin decided to return to the surface. She said Turco turned to tell the dive master, who was right next to them, that she was going back to the surface, and when he turned back around, Cassin was gone.

Turco surfaced, but could find no sign of his wife, Schoonover said.

She said there was a strong downward current along the reef wall, and authorities believe Cassin was caught in that current.

Schoonover said her mother had done "about nine or 10″ dives, but none in such strong currents. Turco, she said, had done about half as many dives as his wife.

The Mexican Navy and Coast Guard searched for Cassin by air and sea for 72 hours, but called off the search on Saturday, Schoonover said.

Turco returned to the United States on Sunday, and is in Michigan with his wife's family.

Schoonover said her mother and step-father married in 1996 after meeting in the military, where both served as nurses.

She said her mother until recently was the nurse manager at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

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