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The body of a 47-year-old man has been recovered off the coast of Rockport, where federal, state, and local authorities had been searching since Wednesday for a missing diver.

The diver’s body was recovered Thursday around 8:30 a.m., according to Rockport police.

“Rockport police report that the body of the diver has been found. The victim has been tentatively identified as a 47-year-old man from Philadelphia,’’ police said in a statement.

The man’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A friend of the diver’s told authorities they were diving about 150 yards offshore when he went missing around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The divers were near swimming near Cathedral Rock, which is near the intersection of Cathedral Avenue and Green Street, Rockport police said.

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The Coast Guard sent two boats and a helicopter to the scene Wednesday, joining efforts by Rockport police, fire, and harbormaster’s office along with State Police. The Coast Guard cutter Reef Shark also took part in the search.

No further information is currently available.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.