Missing diver found and identified by deputies in Broward County

Coast Guard spends 2nd day searching for missing diver. (MGN)

UPDATE: The Broward County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday evening that the missing diver was located by the BSO Marine Unit. The U.S. Coast Guard and BSO were searching off the coast of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea since Friday.

Deputies identified the diver as 50-year-old Antonio Almeida of Deerfield Beach. His death is not believed to be suspicious.


Rescuers were spending a second day searching the waters off Florida for a missing diver.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday that the U.S. Coast Guard resumed its search in the morning. The search began a day earlier after the 60-year-old diver failed to surface about half-a-mile away from Lauderdale-by-the Sea, which is in South Florida.

The paper said that the missing diver, who has not been identified, was among 34 Scuba divers and snorkelers who went out to a shallow reef aboard the commercial diver vessel Lady Go Diver, according to Arilton Pavan, who runs Dixie Divers, the boat's owner.

Pavan said the man was a local resident and an experienced diver who has made two or three previous trips with his company.

Information from: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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