Florida fisherman saves missing diver in distress
Juno Beach, FL, United States (4E) – A fisherman in Florida saved a scuba diver who was lost at sea for three hours after experiencing equipment failure Tuesday.
Andre Jourdan noticed the colored surface marker being waved by Robert Breining, who had to discard his diving gear and manually work on his buoyancy inflator to stay afloat.
Breining, who was diving for lobster for the Flash Beach Grille said that once in a while equipment fails and you find yourself scrambling.
The diver added that inflating his broken buoyancy inflator, which serves as his life jacket, strained him after an hour, especially after realizing that the wind and current had shoved him six miles northeast of where he dove in.
Breining was tired and concerned because he could see the rescuers trying to find him who kept close to shore. He also attempted to catch their attention by hollering, whistling and waving a colored marker buoy but he was not seen except by Jordan.
Jordan, a Jupiter salon business owner, said that he suddenly saw something orange and thought it was a big fish hitting the thing and when he recalled hearing from his scanner that a diver was missing, he pushed his engine and found the diver.
Breining is grateful for Jourdan who is not supposed to be fishing at all as his wife prevented him from going back to the activity after his heart attack a few years back.