Extensive search underway for missing diver off Islamorada, Florida

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MIAMI — Coast Guard crews are searching for a 32-year-old missing diver, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Islamorada, Florida, and have covered more than 1,200 square miles in their search.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida command center first learned of the missing divers when they were notified of an overdue fishing vessel at 7 p.m., Saturday.

The report stated a 23-foot fishing vessel with two people aboard left Islamorada at 7 a.m., Saturday and was scheduled to return at 5 p.m., Saturday.

The Coast Guard diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable and a smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada.

Upon arriving on scene, Station Islamorada crewmembers located one diver in the water clinging to a mooring ball approximately three miles off the coast of Islamorada. The man stated the pair was diving when they resurfaced, and discovered their vessel had drifted. The diver stayed with the mooring ball while his brother swam after the vessel, losing sight of him soon after.

Other Coast Guard crews searching include:

  • A HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, a 154-foot Fast Response cutter, homeported in Miami.

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