Five divers have been rescued in lumpy seas near Florida’s Key Largo after their anchored boat broke away.
The group, KeysInfoNet has reported, had embarked on a late-afternoon dive off Molasses Reef when the boat’s anchor line parted. No-one had been left on board.
After one of the group saw the anchor line go slack under water, the divers surfaced but could not regain the boat, which drifted away on the wind.
The first diver to be found was alone, having been separated from the others when he tried to swim after the boat.
He was recovered by a sport fishing charter boat off Pickles Reef, about two-and-a-half miles from Molasses Reef. He had been in the water for about an hour and was lucky to be spotted waving his arms in choppy water.
An emergency call was put out. Four vessels of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission joined the search and within another hour the other divers had been located.
A single diver, reported to have tried following his boat-chasing colleague, was found in the area between Pickles and Molasses Reefs. The final three were located near Molasses, having stayed together.
The divers’ experience, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Bobby Dube, demonstrated “why it's always a good idea to leave a safety man on deck".