Broward County

Crews find body of missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

A diver goes overboard with a flashlight and tow rope as Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers conduct a search in 1997. Crews are searching for a 50-year-old male diver who went missing at Copenhagen Reef Saturday.
A diver goes overboard with a flashlight and tow rope as Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers conduct a search in 1997. Crews are searching for a 50-year-old male diver who went missing at Copenhagen Reef Saturday. File photo

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit located Sunday the body of a diver who had been missing off the coast of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Pompano Beach since Saturday.

The body of 50-year-old Antonio Almeida, of Deerfield Beach, was recovered at around 6:44 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard. His death is not considered suspicious.

According to the Coast Guard, crews coordinated 18 searches totaling more than 39 hours and covering around 939 miles.

The agency’s Twitter account posted that it had sent a rescue boat to Copenhagen Reef, after Almeida disappeared while in the water. Rescue divers also searched the waves for the missing man, the agency said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was also involved in the search.

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