Body of missing diver recovered


Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 1:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 1:18 p.m.

The body of a missing diver was located Monday morning in the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Homosassa River, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Rescuers began searching for James Cummins, 40, of Inverness, Sunday afternoon after he disappeared while diving with two other men. His body was recovered at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Cummins had been out with two other men diving offshore of the river Sunday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard. The men told searchers Cummins was their dive instructor, and the trio had been cave diving from a 29-foot vessel when Cummins did not resurface. He was last seen before 2:30 p.m. The other men waited about 15 minutes after Cummins disappeared, then called the Coast Guard for help.

Searchers from the Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Dive Team had looked for Cummins. A helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater also aided in the search.

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