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Coast Guard searches for missing diver off Florida

By Allen Cone
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65-Dolphin Helicopter pictured is similar to the one used to search for a missing diver off the Upper Florida Keys on Tuesday. Photo by D Ramey Logan/Wikimedia Commons.<a class="tpstyle" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USCG_MH-65C_Helicopter_6608_photo_D_Ramey_Logan.jpg"></a>
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65-Dolphin Helicopter pictured is similar to the one used to search for a missing diver off the Upper Florida Keys on Tuesday. Photo by D Ramey Logan/Wikimedia Commons.

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday said it is searching for a missing diver off the Upper Florida Keys.

The diver, Rob Stewart, 37, from Toronto, disappeared Tuesday near Alligator Reef, about 5 miles off the Lower Matecumbe Key on the ocean side, the Coast Guard said in a release Wednesday.

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The crew of the The Pisces reported the diver missing around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Petty Officer Eric Woodall, Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard launched a 33-foot boat from Islamorada, a MH-65-Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami and the cutter Charles Sexton from Sector Key West .

Also assisting are the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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