Coast Guard searching for missing diver off the coast of Pensacola, Fla.

Coast Guard District 8 NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard is searching for a 53-year-old man reported missing, Saturday, approximately 22 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., in the Gulf of Mexico to locate the missing diver.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the initial report of a missing diver from the captain of a dive boat at approximately 11:30 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16. The diver had not resurfaced as scheduled when diving at the site of the sunken USS Oriskany warship.

The Coast Guard is coordinating the search with the following assets:

  • A 41-foot utility boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Pensacola;
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile;
  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
  • Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk and crew from Carrabelle, Fla.;
  • A 21-foot small boat and crew from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission;
  • A local diver boat with two local divers and one diver from Escambia Search and Rescue.

 

“We have multiple surface and air assets saturating a search area of approximately 614 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico for the missing diver,” said Ensign Timothy Williams, public affairs officer for Sector Mobile. “Our dedicated crewmembers are working closely with local agencies and good Samaritans.”

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners in the area.

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