Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver off Ft. Lauderdale


MIAMI — Coast Guard crews suspended their search Monday evening for a missing diver who never resurfaced one mile east of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Saturday.

Missing is Marc Raroha, 45, from Pompano Beach, Florida.

Coast Guard received initial notification from the captain aboard the pleasure craft Advocat at 4:45 p.m., stating that Raroha went diving with two others, they resurfaced but he did not.

Search crews completed 17 search patterns covering approximately 2,050 square miles over a 45 hour period.

  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter.
  • Coast Guard Station Ft. Lauderdale smallboat crews.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami.

“Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for Mr. Raroha; however, despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate him, and have decided to suspended the search pending any further developments,” said Cmdr. Richard Hartley, Coast Guard Sector Miami chief of response. “We want to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victim during this difficult time.”

Ft. Lauderdale Police, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee and Broward County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted in the three day search.

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