Stone crab diver found dead near New Pass

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A diver with decades of experience searching for stone crabs near the New Pass Bridge was found deceased after an extensive search by police.

Manatee County resident Hieu Chi Trinh, 56, parked his car at the New Pass Bait Shop early Tuesday morning.

According to Sarasota Police, Trinh was an experienced diver but on this occasion did not tell family exactly where he was heading when he set out that morning. His family notified police just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning and after searching several parking areas where he was likely to be found, his vehicle was located in the New Pass Grill and Bait Shop parking lot on City Island.

The New Pass Grill and Bait Shop is situated on the south end of the New Pass Bridge, which connects City Island and Longboat Key. The waters along the bridge and in the pass are known for extremely strong currents.

After locating the vehicle, Sarasota Police were joined by the Longboat Key Police, Venice Police and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Using numerous divers an underwater search and rescue was performed in New Pass as well as Sarasota Bay and nearby Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to the Pass.

After about three hours, Trinh’s body was located at the mouth of New Pass. A medical examiner’s report is pending.

Police say that Trinh had three decades of diving experience and was diving for stone crabs when the incident occurred.

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1 Response for “Stone crab diver found dead near New Pass”

  1. Fred Brothers says:

    As a diver with 30 years experience I would never go diving alone

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