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Body of Missing Diver Believed to be Found
Ryan Myers, from Maitland, FL, went missing off New Smyrna Beach

Posted Sep. 5, 2013

 
Body of Missing Diver Believed to be Found
USCG 45 ft Response Boat - Medium assisted in the search for the missing diver.


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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A group of private divers being escorted by a Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., recovered the body Tuesday afternoon of a man matching the description of the diver reported missing Monday.

Missing is Ryan Myers, 28, of Maitland, Fla.

The Coast Guard cannot confirm the identity of the body found until a medical examiner makes positive identification.

The divers located the body with diving gear on about 30 miles east of Ponce De Leon Inlet at 12:54 p.m. in the location where Myers was diving.

The Coast Guardsmen brought the body aboard the 45-foot Response Boat – Medium and transported it to Station Ponce De Leon Inlet to be met by a medical examiner. The Coast Guard is awaiting identification.

Involved in the search so far have been two Hercules aircrews and two Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Clearwater, an RB-M boatcrew from Station Ponce De Leon Inlet, and crews from the Coast Guard Cutters Diamondback and Sitkinak.

The search began after one of the people aboard the vessel Yellowfin notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at 11:09 a.m. Monday that Myers dived from the boat with 30 minutes of oxygen in his tank about 40 minutes prior and was not seen resurfacing. Jeffrey Wayne Pries, 44, and another man were aboard the Yellowfin with Myers. Myers and Pries were diving and the third man remained aboard the vessel.

Pries reported Myers is an experienced diver with the appropriate certifications for the conditions in which he was diving.

 
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