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Press Release | May 16, 2024

Coast Guard rescues 2 divers off Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — A Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crew rescued two men, Thursday, after they drifted away from their vessel while diving near Tennessee Reef.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification via 911 relay at 5 p.m., reporting two divers, visiting from Fort Lauderdale, going into the water and not resurfacing for over an hour.

Sector Key West watchstanders launched Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crews and an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist in the search.

The Station Islamorada boat crews arrived on scene and began searches. At approximately 6 p.m. both divers were located safe and transferred back to their vessel, no injuries were reported.

“It was a collective effort from everyone to save the divers,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ecron Gordon, a Coast Guard Station Islamorada boat crew member. “The divers were relieved to see us and were ready to get out of the water. I recommend divers always have an experienced person waiting on the boat and to pay attention to where you are at all times.”

The Coast Guard suggests the following practices to help increase recreational scuba diver safety:

  • Carry an emergency transmitter in the event you get separated or experience distress.
  • Plan the dive, ensure you have the appropriate gear, and conduct a safety check on the diving equipment.
  • At depth, follow dive table parameters to prevent decompression sickness and air embolisms.
  • Seek medical advice on your health concerns or medications taken prior to diving.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs before diving.
  • Always dive with a buddy, qualified instructor or experienced guide.

If you are in distress on the water or observe someone else needing help off the Florida Keys, contact Coast Guard Sector Key West via Marine Radio VHF Channel 16 or by phone at (305) 292-8727.

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