Coast Guard rescues third missing diver, all Longboat Key divers safe

Coast Guard District 7 NewsCLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard has rescued the last of the three missing divers Sunday evening in the vicinity of Longboat Key, Fla.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew spotted the third diver drifting in the water approximately three miles from the initial dive site. The position of the diver was then relayed to the Coast Guard Station Cortez Response Boat-Medium boatcrew who rescued the diver.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., were contacted Sunday afternoon by the captain aboard the pleasure craft Jack Kidd stating that three divers who were using his anchor buoy as a reference point went missing after the buoy was believed to have drifted.

Station Cortez launched a RB-M boatcrew and Air Station Clearwater launched a Jayhawk crew.

All three divers reported they were in great condition and declined to be evaluated by local emergency medical services personnel.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to maintain proper safety gear on board their vessel and on their person such as flares to help signal rescuers in the case of an emergency.

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