A Coast Guard helicopter located Pavlich about four hours later, about five miles south-east of the dive-site, and winched him to safety. He told rescuers that he and Hayes had surfaced too far from the boat to be spotted, and had failed in their bid to swim towards it, becoming separated in the process.
Hayes was not found until towards mid-day the following day, when his orange surface marker buoy was spotted at a distance of around 250m by crew of a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission patrol vessel.
The diver was said to have been exhausted but exhibiting “a very positive attitude, a will to live – and that’s what ultimately helped him survive and saved his life,” an FWC Officer told ABC. Not to mention his SMB and BC.