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Rescue crews searching for missing diver off coast of Jacksonville

Authorities said the 37-year-old went missing after spearfishing approximately 46 miles east of Jacksonville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Rescue crews are searching for a diver who went missing off the coast of Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.

Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Savannah, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are searching for the diver who has been identified as 37-year-old Timmy Obi, a husband and father of three boys. 

Authorities said Obi went missing after spearfishing approximately 46 miles east of Jacksonville on Saturday.

He went missing in the early afternoon, Timmy Obi's brother Ryan Obi told First Coast News.

Ryan Obi said his brother was diving off a boat and probably came back up and couldn’t see the boat. 

One friend described Timmy Obi as a "true waterman."

Family and friends are joining the search are asking the public to "please share as widely as you can.”

A 45-foot response boat from the Coast Guard station Mayport, a Navy destroyer ship, and an MH65 Dolphin helicopter from USCG Air Station Savannah is also assisting in the search. 

The Coast Guard said crews will be searching for Timmy Obi throughout the night.

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Posted by Ryan Obi on Saturday, July 10, 2021