Body of missing diver recovered

NEW ORLEANS – The body of a diver that went missing while spearfishing 30 nautical miles south of Intracoastal City was recovered Sunday.

The body was recovered by fellow divers at approximately 3:40 p.m., and transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill. The diver’s body was transported to the Freshwater Bayou Marina in Vermilion Parish, where it was transferred to the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston Saturday at approximately 1:30 p.m., that a group of divers aboard an 18-foot pleasure craft were spearfishing in the vicinity of Vermilion Block 124, when a fellow diver did not resurface.

The following Coast Guard assets searched Saturday and at first light Sunday morning:

* A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew.
* Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill and crew, homeported in Gulfport, Miss.
* A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 aircraft and crew.

The Coast Guard searched along with several Good Samaritan vessels.

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