Coast Guard Ends Search after Missing Floridian Diver Found Deceased

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search for a diver who went missing Wednesday and was found deceased Thursday by British Virgin Islands Search and Rescue divers in waters between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, British Virgin Islands. 

Wayne Johanning, 53, of Fort Myers, Fla., was diving off a 41-foot catamaran with his son and another diver when he was last seen resurfacing with his son. Johanning’s son reportedly went back down to find the other diver and after the divers resurfaced, Johanning was nowhere to be found.

Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center controllers monitoring International Calling and Distress Frequency Channel-16 overheard a report at approximately 2:50 p.m. Wednesday of a diver that had been missing for approximately 90 minutes in the vicinity Little Jost Van Dyke, BVI.

Coast Guard controllers immediately diverted Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and launched a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla to aid British Virgin Islands Search and Rescue crews in the search for Johanning.

Coast Guard rescue crews conducted eight searches spanning out over 273 square nautical miles along the waters and shorelines of Jost Van Dyke, Little Jost Van Dyke, Green Cay and Sandy Cay.

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