Cameron Donaldson went missing on March 16 in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo/Kimberly Moore

Friends of missing Quebec scuba diver accept unlikelihood he will be found alive

Friends and family of a Canadian scuba diver, who went missing in Mexico, have acknowledged they might never see him again.

Cameron Donaldson went missing in Cozumel — an island off of the Yucatan Peninsula — when he went diving with his mother, Bonnie, on March 16. Donaldson, who is an experienced diver and instructor, went into the water in a dangerous area with strong currents and has not been seen since.

Friends raised more than $60,000 through a GoFundMe campaign and have since used that money to scour the area around Cozumel using planes and boats.

On the campaign’s website, friends and family said they have accepted they might never see Donaldson alive again.

“We will continue to search for him and for answers to what might have happened but we recognize the probability that we lost Cameron from this world last Saturday in some unknown event that he was unable to recover from,” they wrote.

Donaldson is from Waskaganish, Que. and teaches diving on James Bay in the summer months. He lives in Cozumel, which is known as a diving destination, during the winter.

In their message, Donaldson’s friends and family thanked everyone who has helped in the search efforts.

“The outpouring of love and support during our search efforts has been amazing and yet unsurprising,” they said. “The world is full of wonderful people and Cameron found many of them as friends. Our hearts have been filled to see the responses of hundreds of people who he has touched.”