UPDATE: Diver found, identified as Port St. Lucie man after search in Riviera Beach


UPDATED, 9:40 p.m.: The diver whose body was recovered has been identified as Randolph Smay, 65, of Port St. Lucie.

UPDATED, 7:45 p.m.:  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a diver’s body had been recovered at the Blue Heron bridge. No identification had yet been made. Sheriff's investigators were on their way to the site.

UPDATED, 12:30 p.m.: Rescue divers switched from a rescue mode to a recovery mode midday Friday after a diver was reported missing near Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach, according to officials.

Rescue teams had been searching for more than two hours after the diver was reported missing, a Riviera Beach Fire Rescue spokesman said.

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The search began at 9:30 a.m. when a diver reported that a fellow diver had failed to resurface. Several rescue crews, including a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew, dive team and marine unit, were dispatched to the area.

Riviera Beach Fire-Rescue spokesman Dwayne Watson said that the search was switched to a recovery mode because of the amount of time the missing diver is believed to have have been in the water. However, he left open the possibility that the diver could have drifted off course and ended up injured on a nearby island.

“There could always be a chance that he got off course and ended up at Peanut Island or somewhere else,” Watson said. “We won’t really know if that’s the case until that particular individual is located.” 

Staff photographer Lannis Waters contributed to this report. 

 


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