Body of Canadian filmmaker found off Florida coast

Shark documentary director Rob Stewart missing off Florida

Stewart was best known for his 2006 documentary Sharkwater, an examination of global shark hunting and its impact on the ocean ecosystem.

Also, an urgent plea for volunteers was posted on Stewart's Twitter account (@teamsharkwater) Friday afternoon asking for help searching the Lower Matecumbe, southern half of the Upper Matecumbe and Long Cay areas.

Mr Stewart's sister told CBC Toronto that he had been diving with three friends, who all made it back to the boat safely.

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The Key Largo Fire Department dive team employed a remote operated underwater vehicle to locate Robert Stewart's body.

His family confirmed the news and issued a statement saying that he has been found peacefully in the ocean.

By the time the Coast Guard had ended its search, The agency said in a news release that its Key West command center had coordinated 27 searches, totaling more than 95 aircraft and surface hours and covering approximately 5,987 square miles - an area larger than the state of CT.

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Stewart was on his third deep dive of the day when he briefly resurfaced before disappearing.

Stewart's remains were found floating almost 300 feet from where he was last seen. Stewart was making a follow up to Sharkwater entitled Revolution but the status of this film is now up in the air.

The U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, Florida wildlife officials, a county sheriff's office and civilian volunteers had joined the Coast Guard in the search, which covered an area about the size of CT. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and won 31 awards internationally.

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Rob Stewart has been missing since Tuesday after diving in the Florida Keys to capture shark footage for his Sharkwater documentary series. For information to come out and volunteer, go to www.sharkwater.com - that's Rob's own website...

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