Diver in distress rescued off Rickenbacker Causeway

MIAMI (WSVN) - Several good Samaritans and rescue crews came to the aid of a diver in distress near the Rickenbacker Causeway, Monday afternoon.

Witnesses said they saw an adult male jumping off the smaller bridge next to the causeway. One couple said they saw him fighting the current as he struggled to get back to shore. Shortly after, they spotted him face down in the water.

The male witness who saw the diver face down then jumped in the water with a flotation device and swam out in an attempt to retrieve the victim. However, the current made it difficult for them to return to shore.

Meanwhile, officials said, four college students on a boat spotted the two men and brought them to the Rusty Pelican Marina boat ramp.

Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene and attempted to resuscitate the diver. Officials said the victim, a man in his 30s, was taken to Mercy Hospital in unknown condition.

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