Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Diver

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla – The Coast Guard, along with local and state agencies, is continuing the search for a missing 67-year old diver in the vicinity of Gasparilla Pass in Charlotte County, Fla.

Dean Witt, of Arcadia, Fla., was reported missing to the Coast Guard by the captain of a 27-foot charter vessel from Legacy Dive Charters of Southwest Florida at approximately 11:35 a.m. Saturday. It was reported that Witt had surfaced from a dive while the charter vessel was retrieving another diver, and when the boat went to pick him up he had disappeared.

Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels, along with marine units from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office have been searching the area since about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witt was reported to be wearing a black and blue wet suit with yellow fins and an air tank.

Weather conditions in the area Saturday were 2-3-foot seas, 5-10 knot winds and 10-mile visibility.

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