Coast Guard locates missing diver near Cedar Key

YANKEETOWN, Fla., – The Coast Guard ended its search at about 11:30 a.m., Sunday, for a missing 36-year-old male diver 70 miles south west of Cedar Key, Fla., after locating the diver alive and in good condition near the search area.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a call on VHF Ch. 16 at 9:54 a.m., Sunday, from a crewmember aboard the 28-foot vessel Spear Pleasure, reporting that P.J. Sylvester, had not surfaced from a dive. Divers aboard the Spear Pleasure reported that they had searched the dive area for about one hour with no sign of Sylvester.

A HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and a C-130 aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., were immediately launched to search the area for Sylvester. The HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew located Sylvester floating about 2.5 miles north of the vessels location.

Sylvester was safely hoisted and transferred to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

Sylvester is in good condition.

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