BODY FOUND IN OCEAN
- BSO Case Number: PB01-09-6959
- PIO Number: 01-9-22
- Date: Sept. 16 – 19, 2001
- Time: 10 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: Atlantic Ocean, 2 miles off Pompano Beach
- name withheld, male (DECEASED)
Description of Incident:
Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are working with the Medical Examiner to positively identify a diver’s body found floating in the ocean off Pompano Beach today.
At about 10 a.m. fisherman aboard a charter boat spotted the man’s body floating about a mile and a half offshore. The Broward Sheriff's Office was contacted and a BSO Marine Patrol unit responded to the area and retrieved the body, which was partially dismembered, presumably by marine life. Articles of diving gear were attached to the remains.
Investigators theorize that the victim is probably a SCUBA diver who disappeared Sunday afternoon (9/16/01) in that same general area. The diver, a 42-year-old Jupiter, Florida man, was diving with three friends. After descending to a depth of 265 feet, using specialized equipment in what is termed a “technical dive”, the man became separated from his friends while exploring a shipwreck. He was reported missing to the Coast Guard and several BSO Units, a BSO helicopter and other vessels searched for him until 9 p.m. Sunday.
The body was taken to the Broward Medical Examiner to be positively identified and to establish the cause of death, presumed to be accidental drowning. The victim’s name is being withheld until positive identification and next-of-kin notification are accomplished.
- THIS REPORT BY: Det. F. Ilaraza, Homicide Jim Leljedal / PIO Dep. J. Sanderson, Marine Unit 9/20/01 1300