MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s Day 3 in the search for a California man who disappeared during a scuba dive trip off Key Biscayne over the weekend.
On Wednesday Coast Guard crews will move their search pattern farther North as they follow the current in the efforts to find.
Jeffrey Vincent was on a 27-foot boat with his friends Sunday getting ready to dive the Princess Britney wreck, about three miles off Key Biscayne. When he jumped in the water without his fins, he missed the safety line off the back of the boat and was swept away by the current.
“This has nothing to do with them being careless, it’s just the current was strong,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “Another person tried to jump in to assist him but the current pulled him away too far. That’s when they decided to anchor up and turn the boat around to be able to assist him and that is when they lost sight of him.”
Teams from the Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Marine Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the water and in the air searched around the wreck site but found nothing.
The Coast Guard said Vincent was wearing his wetsuit and dive gear, which has an air tank and flotation device which will help his survival chances.
“He’s an experienced diver, so were hoping that, because of that, part of the whole training to become a diver is the survival,” said Zabaleta. “So were holding on to that and the water was pretty warm last night so there are a lot of factors that are in his favor.”
While search teams search for Vincent one mystery remains.
“What they’re trying to figure out is when they turned the boat around how was it that they lost sight of him so quickly,” said Zabaleta.
There were five people on the boat; three divers, the captain and a crew member. The coast guard investigation found they did everything by the book and were not negligent. Search teams will continue looking until they have exhausted all of their resources.