Coast Guard searches for diver who disappeared off coast of Jacksonville

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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(Back right) Timothy Obi stands with his family for a portrait. Obi disappeared Saturday, July 10, 2021 during a diving trip off the coast of Jacksonville. Credit: Shared with WINK News.

The U.S. Coast planned to search through the night Monday for husband and father Timothy Obi, 37, a diver who disappeared Saturday while spear fishing 46 miles off the coast of Jacksonville.

Obi has been a diver for the past five years.

Laura Sanders says her brother-in-law went on a boat around 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning with three friends. It was supposed to be a 20-minute trip. Two of them resurfaced, but Obi did not.

Obi’s brother, Ryan Obi, who has connections to Southwest Florida, thanks the Coast Guard crews and all the volunteers for their compassion, professionalism and dedication.

The Coast Guard is looking for a dive flag and inflatable buoy it hopes will help crews to find Obi.

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