Family members angry over Swissair diamond search

The Hamm government has been asked to turn down a request to search for $300 million worth of diamonds at the Swissair crash site.

Lloyd's of London has applied to conduct deep water dives to look for the gems.

But surviving family member Ian Shaw says the search would desecrate a designated memorial site. Shaw lost his 23-year-old daughter when flight 111 went down off Peggy's Cove less than two years ago.

"Lloyds are the insurer they have already taken their premiums," said Shaw." Lloyds must settle their business without seeking to rob a tomb."

The insurance company has applied for a Treasure Trove license with the province of Nova Scotia. If they find the diamonds, the province stands to gain a ten % fee, or $30 million.

"It's an extremely emotional situation," said Minister of Natural resources Ernie Fage who added that he will take into consideration the feelings of the local community and Swissair family members when he makes his decision."My feeling is the family needs a voice and they certainly will have that."

Cabinet must vote before the license can be granted but one marine lawyer says Lloyds may not need the license because the property technically belongs to them.

The whole situation frustrated Ian Shaw.

"People were out there in a sea of blood," Shaw said. "I personally am scarred for the rest of my days, and the people of Nova Scotia are scarred for the rest of their days. We need closure, we do not need another reminder."