Coast Guard suspends search for missing South Walton diver near Grayton Beach

Staff Reports
Northwest Florida Daily News

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 34-year-old female diver who went missing three nautical miles off Grayton Beach on Sunday.

The woman had entered the water to check the anchor line on a catamaran, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard was called about 11:30 a.m. when she didn’t resurface.

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The search was suspended Wednesday.

The Coast Guard searched approximately 2,284 square nautical miles continuously for a total of 97 resource hours, the release said.

“The decision to suspend a case is never easy,” said Lt. Ben Cariddi, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “Our boat crews, cutter crews, and aircrews diligently searched the area where the diver was last seen but were unable to find the missing diver. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends during this time.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, South Walton Beach Safety and Bay County Sheriff’s Office were all involved in the search.