Missing diver identified in Grayton Beach

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GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Sunday morning, a diver was reported missing about 3.5 miles south off Grayton Beach.

As the search continues, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the diver as 34-year-old Marie Kaas of Madison, Ala.

Originally, multiple agencies responded to the call about her disappearance including the Coast Guard, the Florida Wildlife Commission, the South Walton Fire Rescue, and the Walton County Sheriffs Office dive team. The Coast Guard is continuing to search for Kaas via boat and aircraft. The WCSO has pulled its dive team from the water.

Missing diver reported off Grayton Beach

GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — This evening the search continues for a missing diver over in Walton County.

Authorities responded to a distress call from a vessel— with a missing diver over in Grayton Beach.

A 34-year-old female went missing off of a 23-foot catamaran. She was last seen in a black wetsuit with diving gear on and was reported missing shortly before noon on Sunday morning to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Other occupants of the boat say they saw that the woman was in distress and immediately called 9-1-1.

The Coast Guard, along with the Florida Wildlife Commission, South Walton Fire Rescue, and the Walton County Sheriffs Office are currently helping to search for this missing diver.

 The sheriffs office says there is a lot of experienced rescuers out in the water searching.

“So we just encourage everybody that wants to help to just try to stay away from the area so that we can get as much experience in the area as humanly possible so we can locate her,” said WCSO Spokeswoman, Corey Dobridnia.

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