Coast Guard searching for diver who departed commercial boat, didn’t resurface

A third day of searching for a diver who went missing in the waters near Deerfield Beach is underway, U.S. Coast Guard Southeast officials said.

Erick Gaunt, 32, was visiting from Georgia and got off of a commercial diving boat and into the water one nautical mile east of Lighthouse Point shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday, said Petty Officer Ryan Estrada, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard 7th District Southeast.

Gaunt did not return when he was expected to at 11:30 a.m. The line that connected Gaunt to a dive buoy was found “frayed” when the company retrieved it, Estrada said.

The company notified Coast Guard officials at 11:50 a.m. that Gaunt was missing. He was last seen wearing a black wetsuit with yellow and white tanks, Coast Guard officials said in a tweet.

Air and boat crews are continuing to search for him throughout the day with the help of other agencies, the Coast Guard said in a tweet about 8 a.m. Monday.

An employee who answered a phone number for the diving company said no one was available to speak about the missing diver. The company did not immediately respond to an email Monday afternoon.

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