Divers take aim at underwater trash and find gun on ocean floor

A group of divers hunting invasive lionfish, checking for coral reef damage and cleaning up undersea debris found something unexpected on a recent dive off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea — a handgun.

One of the divers happened to be a Miami-Dade police detective and he found the Beretta, model 92, 9mm semi-automatic pistol half-buried in the sand about 25 feet east of Anglin’s Fishing Pier, said dive organizer Tom Carpenter.

“Once we got ashore we called [the Broward Sheriff’s Office],” he said. “A deputy came over and checked it out and put it in a bag and took it away.”

The sand-encrusted pistol was not loaded and the magazine was missing, Carpenter said.

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