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Teams searching for missing diver in Florida discover the body of another man

Search teams searching for a missing diver off the coast of Florida have found the lifeless body of another man, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said.

Teams were combing the waters after a West Palm Beach resident went missing while freediving on Sunday when they discovered the body of a man believed to be about 50 years old.

“The body does not appear to have been in the water for an extended period of time,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook statement Monday.

The unidentified man’s clothing and physical appearance did not match those of the missing diver, authorities said.

The body was found about 16 miles northeast of Fort Pierce Inlet. An investigation is still underway into how and when the man died.

The discovery was made as teams searched the waters for a freediver who had gone missing near the site of the Halsey shipwreck, about 13 miles southeast of the inlet. When freediving, the diver does not use a breathing apparatus.

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The 450-foot ship was traveling from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New York on May 6, 1942, when it was struck by a torpedo and sank, according to Fishing Status.

Florida Freedivers, a dive shop in North Palm Beach, identified the missing diver as Virgil Price, a member of their team. The store said the Coast Guard suspended the search after teams searched for more than 36 hours and covered 1,400 miles.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brother and everyone affected by this tragedy,” the store said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Price was last seen wearing a green wetsuit with an orange stripe on the hood, yellow weights on his weight belt and black carbon fiber fins.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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