Coast Guard crews suspend search for missing diver off of Lake Worth Inlet

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews suspend the search for a missing 62-year-old male diver two miles off of Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., Thursday after the man was located by the crew of the commercial dive vessel Sirena.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a call at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, reporting that an unresponsive diver, matching the description of the missing man, was located underwater by a master diver off of the Sirena. The Sirena’s crew performed CPR on the diver, who was transported to local EMS crews ashore.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami originally received a call at 11:55 a.m., Thursday, from the crew of the Sirena. The crew reported a diver with the vessel was due to surface at 11:45 a.m., had not surfaced, and was unable to be located.

A Coast Guard 33-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin crewmembers and a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami were immediately launched to search for the missing diver. Crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and three master divers from the vessel Sirena also assisted in the search.

“As an extra safety measure you should never dive alone,” said. Lt. Michael Tappan, Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth Inlet, Fla. “86% of diving deaths in D7 last year were alone when they died and perhaps could have been prevented if there was someone nearby who could assist. When diving you should always stay with your dive buddy above and below the water.”

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