Body of Missing Florida Diver Located

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The body of a missing diver was located Friday at 1:30 p.m. by fellow divers underwater after an extensive search by the Coast Guard and Navy crews 38-miles east of St. Augustine, Fla.

The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Animal Control sent a second diver in the water who located the missing man’s body. The crew radioed the Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Jacksonville for help after the missing diver did not resurface from what was supposed to be a 45-minute dive.

The diver’s body is being transported by a Coast Guard rescue boat crew to Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville where it will be turned over to the Duval County Medical Examiner later this evening. The fishing vessel Animal Control is headed back to St. Augustine.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., a rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a helicopter crew from Naval Station Mayport, a airplane crew from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and the USS Halyburton (FFG 40) all participated in the search for the missing diver.

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