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Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver off Anna Maria Island

ST. PETERSBURG — The Coast Guard suspended its search a missing diver 28 miles west of Anna Maria Island.

The Coast Guard received a call at 9:48 a.m. Saturday about 35-year-old Ron Wunderlich of Sarasota, who was free-diving at about 115 feet and had not returned to the surface. He did not have an emergency breathing apparatus.

The Coast Guard dispatched a boat and helicopter to search. Divers from the Sarasota Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted in the search.

Authorities said the diver was wearing a weighted belt and shorts. The Coast Guard said on Saturday night it was suspending the search pending further developments.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver off Anna Maria Island 04/03/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 3, 2010 11:23pm]
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