The U.S. Coast Guard investigating a Miami Beach tourism company, RJ Diving Ventures, after two scuba diving tourists were abandoned in ocean waters:
The tourists — Paul Kline and Fernando Garcia Puerta — were rescued by a private yacht which found them clinging to a buoy in shark-infested waters.
“The incident is under investigation,” Coast Guard spokeswomanSabrina Elgammal told AFP.
“We got a call that the two people were picked up in the sea and there was no medical harm and they went back to port,” she said.
The pair were part of a 30 person voyage to scuba dive on the open waters off the coast of Florida. However, when they surfaced, the boat had disappeared. Though they were technically only on the water for two hours, it was near sunset and even moments alone on the seas can prove fatal:
“We were in shock,” Kline, 44, told the newspaper. “We could easily have died.”
RJ Diving Ventures has not responded to requests for comments and their company website has either been scrubbed or is just really terrible.