Fisherman saves missing diver in distress

JUNO BEACH, Fla. - When the freezer at Flash Beach Grille is empty, Robert Breining goes diving for lobster to put in it to serve fresh food to customers.

"Spend many many weeks and you never have any issues, but every once in a while equipment fails and you find yourself scrambling," Briening said.

That's what happened Tuesday morning. It left him lost at sea for three hours.

"It was a little dicey,  I had to dump all my gear and manually inflate my buoyancy inflator so I can stay above the surface," Breining said.

Manually inflating his broken buoyancy inflator, which is like a life jacket, got tiring after an hour, though. Especially since the wind and current had pushed him six miles northeast of where he dove in.

"I was tired and I was concerned because I could see the rescue people trying to find me, but they were close to shore," Breining said.

Frantically he tried to wave them down.

"I was hollering, whistling and waving a colored wand that we carry," Breining said.

The Coast Guard didn't see it, but Andre Jourdan did.

"All of the sudden I see something orange and I thought it was a big fish hitting the thing," Jourdan said.

The Jupiter salon business owner then remembered he heard on his scanner that a diver was missing.

"I said 'I bet you that's the diver' and I pushed the engine in and I was happy that was the diver that was alive," Jourdan said.

"When Andre came along that was the game changer, that he was out there trolling around in deep water and the fact he was out there was really a godsend," Breining said.

One that saved a husband, a father and a Hobe Sound business owner's life.

"For him to come along I owe him a debt of gratitude for sure," Breining said. "I want him to come up and have a nice meal."

Breining said he's so grateful, especially since Jourdan really wasn't suppose to be fishing at all.

Jourdan said his wife told him not to fish alone anymore after he had a heart attack a few years back. 

When he told his wife, Jourdan said at first she was mad, but forgave him because he saved someone's life.     

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