Published On: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015

Missing Diver Found, Passes Away in Hospital

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that missing teen diver, 15-year-old Skyler Hunt, has passed away at 4:45pm.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a private boater found a missing teen diver Saturday during an aggressive search led by the Coast Guard.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the boy and his friends were free diving in approximately 90 feet of water when Hunt was separated from his friends and was submerged for one hour.

He was found by a volunteer diver and placed in the PBSO Marine Unit vessel. He was then air lifted from the vessel by the US Coast Guard and transported to Delray Medical.

According to Fox 29 News, Charter boat Captain Tony Coulter says he was leaving the Boca Inlet this afternoon, when he volunteered to help with the search. He was with a team of divers from the Palm Beach County Reef Research Team. Coulter says about 1.5 hours into the search, a diver he was with found the boy laying on a reef beneath more than 50 feet of water.

This investigation is still open.

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