Search con­tin­ues for film­maker miss­ing af­ter dive in Florida

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

ISLAMADORA, FLA. — A search re­sumed Thurs­day for a Cana­dian film­maker miss­ing af­ter a dive off the coast of Florida.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Rob Ste­wart was re­ported miss­ing around 5:15 p.m. on Tues­day, near Al­li­ga­tor Reef off the coast of the Florida Keys.

Coast Guard se­nior chief Nyx Cangemi says wa­ter and air crews have been search­ing for Ste­wart ever since.

He says vol­un­teers have also joined the search, with 20 vol­un­teer boats and 12 air­craft join­ing of­fi­cial search crews on Wed­nes­day.

But Cangemi says so far, no sign of Ste­wart has been found.

Ste­wart’s fam­ily has said the 37year-old had re­turned to the sur­face with a part­ner af­ter a deep dive when his boat crew lost sight of him.

Ste­wart’s sis­ter has said her brother’s dive part­ner fell un­con­scious while get­ting onto a boat — an in­ci­dent that caused a com­mo­tion dur­ing which Ste­wart dis­ap­peared.

His fam­ily is con­cerned he may have lost con­scious­ness as well.

Ste­wart was in Florida film­ing a fol­lowup movie to his 2006 doc­u­men­tary “Shark­wa­ter,” called “Shark­wa­ter Ex­tinc­tion,” his sis­ter said.

Ste­wart, a Toronto na­tive, is also known for his doc­u­men­taries that in­clude “Rev­o­lu­tion” and his mem­oir “Save the Hu­mans.”

A global wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher, Ste­wart has de­voted his ca­reer to warn­ing the world about threats fac­ing sharks, other ocean life and hu­man­ity in gen­eral.

“Shark­wa­ter,” which de­buted at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, be­came an in­ter­na­tional hit and prompted peo­ple around the world to lobby their gov­ern­ments for bans on the prac­tice of shark finning.


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