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Date of Issue: July 08, 2009

Missing diver found dead off Anna Maria Island

A diver who went missing in the waters off Anna Maria Island has been located. 

The body of Darren Rordam, 31, of Tampa, was found by other divers, according to the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Petersburg.

Rordam and his companions had been diving about 18 miles off Anna Maria. They had been using a 22-foot vessel, the Malikot out of Tampa, as their base of operations.

The Coast Guard was alerted at 10:30 a.m. Friday that Rordam had not surfaced from a dive. The Coast Guard then launched a helicopter, a 41-foot utility boat and an 87-foot patrol boat to search for Rordam.

The search was called off after the divers reported finding Rordam's body.

Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com, news partner of The Islander.