6 Missing divers located off Jupiter Inlet
Six divers who were missing have been located off Jupiter Inlet. They became separated from the dive boat about 3 miles from the inlet.
Jeff from Treasurecoast.com just happened to be there and got us some live video.
After we posted this article multiple uber experienced locals came forward to express their concerns regarding the boat operation and the captain, Randall Jordon.
Randall Jordan. In 2015, Jordan was sentenced to a year of probation, a $1,500 fine and 100 hours of community service after he was convicted of three misdemeanor charges stemming from illegally feeding sharks in Florida waters.
Working undercover with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), the FWC did two separate undercover investigations of Palm Beach dive charter operators. On February 8, deputies from the PBSO acted as “Joe Divers” paying for a day trip with Emerald Charters of Jupiter. During the dive, they took videos of owner Randy Jordan feeding sharks by hand within state waters. He also used a milk crate filled with fish chunks to lure sharks. Thomas Smith was captaining the boat. On February 22, the deputies took another undercover dive trip on board Miss Jackie, owned by Luis Roman of Calypso Dive Charters in Lake Park and captained by Toni Crumrine. During the dive, they videotaped Roman feeding a goliath grouper and a lemon shark, and also trying to lure sharks by shaking a milk crate filled with barracuda chunks.
The Florida Association of Dive Instructors is upset with the low fines and lowly misdemeanor charges given to the four guys, so they started a petition on Change.org to urge Florida to enforce laws against shark baiting, increase the fines, increase protection into federal waters and give stronger punishment to the offenders. You can sign it at http://chn.ge/1nuVCDE
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