Authorities have found the body of a man who disappeared Saturday evening while jet skiing in Miami, officials said Monday.
On Saturday, Miami Fire Rescue searched for 46-year-old Jose Montes De Oca in the waters off Antonio Maceo Park, located at 5135 Northwest Seventh Street. Officials searched the waters off Northwest Seventh Street and Northwest 51st Avenue between 45th and 51st Avenues but could not locate De Oca.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued the search Monday on Blue Lagoon. His body was later recovered.
Missing jet skier recovered by #FWC Meet media at scene 4.30pm for information release. — Lorenzo Veloz (@FWCPIOVeloz) March 14, 2016
FWC officials said De Oca is a father of three children, ages 13, 5 and 3. Dive team members said on Saturday that he was not wearing a life jacket when he vanished on Blue Lagoon.
A dive team member tells me a missing jet skier wasn't wearing a life jacket when he vanished on Blue Lagoon @NBC6 pic.twitter.com/ZUYGVyKMef — Julia Bagg (@JuliaNBC6) March 13, 2016
Family members spoke with NBC 6 earlier Monday, and said they were hoping for the best.
"I've been out here with no sleep, not eating, just standing out here waiting for, you know, hoping for the best, wishing for the best but expecting the worst right now at this moment," brother Jesus Montes De Oca said.
Investigators said De Oca had met his friends for a ride on their jet skis but it was getting dark. His jet ski was later found near some trees.
No further information was immediately available.
Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.