Coast Guard searching for missing diver near Alligator Reef

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopterMIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching Tuesday for a diver who was reported missing near Alligator Reef.

At 5:13 p.m., watch standers with the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center received a report of a missing diver near Alligator Reef from a crew member aboard the vessel Pisces.

Coast Guard watch standers issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, launched a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Law Enforcement Special Purpose Craft boat crew, launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton.

Assisting with the search are members from the Navy, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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