Diver's Body Recovered in Gulf of Mexico

Officials say they've recovered the body of a diver who went missing in the Gulf of Mexico off of the southwest Florida coast.

The News-Press reports that the body of 50-year-old Jerry Francis was recovered on Monday near the Pegasus, a 110-foot former ocean tug sunk to form an artificial reef about 30 miles west of Lee County.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Officer Stuart Spoede says Francis was part of a diving group that went on Saturday afternoon to the nearby USS Mohawk, another sunken artificial reef. Francis surfaced yelling for help at one point and then disappeared under the water.

The Coast Guard conducted a search for about a day before turning efforts over to the FWC.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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