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Search for missing Toronto filmmaker in Florida to be suspended

Search for missing Toronto filmmaker in Florida to be suspended”

"Everybody's devastated but has been working around the clock to stay positive", said family spokeswoman Victoria Gormley-Sherry, adding that Stewart's parents are desperately asking for more help from volunteers.

He said a Coast Guard airplane is making one last pass over a part of the search area, which is about the same size as the state of CT, and that would conclude the search.

Woodfall told CP24 earlier Friday that crews had searched a 3,948 square mile area for Stewart.

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Stewart, 37, of Toronto, was reported missing Tuesday afternoon while diving near Alligator Reef.

However Stewart's family said they would continue to search for him.

Stewart's sister has said her brother's dive partner fell unconscious while getting onto a boat - an incident that caused a commotion during which Stewart disappeared.

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While it wasn't clear what made Stewart go back under water, his sister, Alexandra Stewart, told CBC Toronto earlier this week that it was a "particularly difficult" dive, going to a depth of almost 70 metres.

Stewart said his new film was looking at other ways that as many as 80 million sharks were being harvested each year for items ranging from cosmetics to pet food.

Their son was shooting a follow-up film to his 2007 documentary, "Sharkwater", which aimed to educate the public about shark conservation. "We are confident we have done everything we can", Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, commander of Coast Guard Sector Key West, said.

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Sharkwater, which was broadcast world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival film in 2006, was quickly crowned with international success.



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