Coast Guard searching for missing diver 7 miles south of Summerland Key

Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Auxiliarist Joseph Feldman

Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Auxiliarist Joseph Feldman

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a missing 73-year-old female diver Tuesday approximately seven miles south of Summerland Key.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a call at approximately 12:30 p.m. from the woman’s husband aboard the vessel, Mai Tai, stating that his wife went missing while diving with him.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Marathon 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement crew, Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew, Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans (WPC-1110) crew to the scene to assist.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a Naval aircraft crew are also responding.

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