Canadian filmmaker and marine biologist Rob Stewart was found dead on Friday.

‘Sharkwater’ Filmmaker Rob Stewart Found Dead

His body was recovered off the Florida Keys, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed. Stewart, 37, went missing after going deep sea scuba diving Tuesday, visiting the wreck of the Queen of Nassau ship.

The news comes after days of rescue operations. The Coast Guard received volunteer help.

Stewart was best known for directing and producing the 2006 film Sharkwater, a critically-acclaimed conservation film that helped get shark finning banned worldwide. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and won 31 awards internationally. Steward also directed Revolution, which focused on what young people can do to help save ecosystems at risk.

His family posted a message on the Sharkwater website. It read, “Rob has been found, peacefully in the ocean. There are no words. We are so deeply grateful to everyone who helped search, and happy that Rob passed while doing what he loved. We are working on how best to honour his incredible work. The Stewart family kindly asks that they are given some private time to grieve. Thank you everyone.”


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