Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver near Deerfield Beach

MIAMI – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 55-year old missing diver half a mile south of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

After searching 3,932 square-nautical miles for over 68 hours, officials were unable to locate the diver who was reported missing from a dive boat on Sunday night.

“The Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission is one we take very personally, and it is never easy suspending a search,” said Christopher Eddy, the Coast Guard 7th District’s search and rescue mission coordinator.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received notification from the dive boat, Lady Go Diver’s, captain stating a man did not resurface after a group dive at 5:55 p.m., just south of Deerfield Beach in Crab Cove.

Involved in the search were Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC-1111), Coast Guard Cutter Manatee (WPB-87363), Coast Guard Cutter William Flores (WPC-1103), Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-144 airplane crews, Coast Guard Stations Fort Lauderdale and Lake Worth Inlet response boat crews as well as dive teams and land based agencies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Fire Department marine units, Boca Raton Fire Department, and Hillsboro Police Department.

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