Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Diver

PONCE INLET, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing diver 10 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet Sunday at approximately 5 p.m.

Kenneth Gessinger, 54, of Port Orange, Fla., was diving with his family on a 21-foot boat when he surfaced and then quickly disappeared under the water. Gessinger’s family quickly contacted the Coast Guard on VHF channel 16 to request assistance.

A Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter from Air Station Savannah, Ga., a Cost Guard HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a Nay P-3 fixed-wing aircraft, an Air Force helicopter, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, and several Good Samaritans all searched for Gessinger.

A total of 429 square-miles combined were searched for Gessinger for a total of 45 hours combined.

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  1. brittany says:

    he is my uncle ken!!!! i miss him so much!!!!