Coast Guard searching for missing diver 18 miles west of Sanibel Island

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching Wednesday for a missing diver 18 miles west of Sanibel Island.

At 10:50 a.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center watchstanders received a report from an 18-foot recreational vessel, stating a 52-year-old male diver never resurfaced.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were dispatched along with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach.


Also searching are Lee County Sheriff’s Office marine unit, Cape Coral Fire Rescue and Estero marine dive team.


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