Updated 9.51am, adds details - The AFM and the police on Sunday morning called off a search for an alleged missing diver after establishing that the alarm was false.

The man was reported missing 'by a third party' at about 8pm on Saturday off Fra Ben and units from the police and the AFM made an initial search in fast-gathering darkness, without success.

Although the search is continuing, no missing person report has been filed to the police.  

Police established that an abandoned buoy which led to the filing of the report had not belonged to a diver. 

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