UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard Still Searching For Missing Diver Off Deerfield Beach
BY MARIE PULEO, DEERFIELD BEACH NEWS REPORTER
Sept. 30, 11:00 AM: United States Coast Guard (USCG) search and rescue efforts are still underway for a diver who was reported missing off the coast of Deerfield Beach on Sunday evening. The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is assisting in the search.
The missing diver is a 55-year-old male who went out with a group aboard the commercial dive boat Lady Go Diver, according to a spokesperson for the USCG. He was visiting Florida from out of town.
The diver was among a group of 16 scuba divers who were doing a drift dive on a reef just northeast of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in about 50 feet of water.
The diver was experienced and certified, according to Arilton Pavan, the owner of Dixie Divers in Deerfield Beach, which operates the dive boat.
The first dive started shortly after 2pm. After the second dive, which ended at about 5:30pm, the missing diver failed to resurface.
The USCG began its search efforts just after 6pm on Sunday, after being notified by the captain of the dive boat that the diver was missing. The BSO also joined in the search.
After reporting the incident to the USCG, the dive boat did its own search of the area and didn’t return to shore until about 8pm, said Pavan.
The USCG’s search and rescue efforts today are being carried out by a 33-foot special purpose craft from the USCG station in Fort Lauderdale, and an MH 65 helicopter from the USCG air station in Miami.
Photo Courtesy of the USCG.