THE dive expert who searched for tragic Nicola Bulley says he is proud of his work – despite being removed from the NCA expert list.

Peter Faulding's Specialist Group International (SGI) was suspended last week while a review is carried out into the handling of Nicola's disappearance.

His team led a three-day Sonar scour for the mum-of-two in the River Wyre, Lancashire, but found no trace of her.

The 45-year-old was found dead on February 19, a mile from where she vanished in St Michael's on Wyre on January 27.

Following the suspension from the Expert Advisers Database (EAD), reported by The Times, Mr Faulding said the issue was a "confidential matter".

In a statement on his company's Facebook, he added: "SGI’s operational ability, integrity and professional search and rescue capabilities are not in question in these matters.

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"We are proud of our record in specialist search and rescue operations, conducted over many decades…

"During which we have worked with police departments and other agencies to the high standards expected of nationally recognised specialists."

The EAD covers a broad range of expertise in more than two dozen areas, including psychiatrists, accountants, and forensic artists.

Its experts are used by the National Crime Agency – dubbed Britain's FBI – to crack a range of cases.

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Mr Faulding's team scanned a three-mile stretch of the river between St Michael’s on Wyre and Cartford Bridge.

They employed "state of the art" Sonar to search for the missing mum with Mr Faulding insisting he would find Nicola if she was in the river.

He was unable to find her following the search alongside police divers before saying he would launch a land scour.

Nicola, a mortgage advisor from nearby Inskip, was identified by dental records last week.

A National Crime Agency spokesperson told The Times: "The database is subject to continual review and its purpose is to maintain a list of expertise UK law enforcement can draw upon when required."

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