Body of Missing Diver Located Near Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard located the body of a missing diver at 3:12 p.m. today about 15-miles west of Clearwater, Fla.

Joseph Libby, 50, of Palm Harbor, Fla., was reported missing by a Good Samaritan at 12:30 p.m. today after he failed to surface while recreational scuba diving with a group of two other friends from a 23-foot pleasure craft.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater immediately launched an HH-60 rescue helicopter and arrived on scene at 1:34 p.m. to search the area for the missing diver. The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the diver deceased at 3:12 p.m.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater, Fla., are transporting the body to awaiting Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Officials at Coast Guard Station Sand Key.

The Pinellas County Coroner’s Office will investigate the cause of death.

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