Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended search-and-rescue operations for the diver who went missing Sunday afternoon east of Key Biscayne, Fla.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a call at 12:18 p.m., Sunday, reporting that a diver, Jeffery Vincent, 39, on a dive excursion, went missing during an attempt to assist another diver. The current quickly pushed Vincent away from the boat and out of sight from the other members aboard.

The Coast Guard deployed numerous air and surface assets in the extensive 2,600 square nautical mile search for Vincent.

The Coast Guard deployed search-and-rescue crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 and other surface assets alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Aventura Police Department marine unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department underwater recovery unit.

“The most challenging part of my job is having to suspend search efforts for missing persons at sea,” said Capt. Chris Scraba, Coast Guard Sector Miami commander. “We would like to extend our sympathies to the families and friends affected by his disappearance.”

Divers are encouraged to exercise good judgement and should only dive when conditions are conducive to safe diving operations.

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