Friday, November 27, 2020

Body Of ‘Sharkwater’ Director Rob Stewart Recovered


Tragically, the US Coast Guard has confirmed that the body of “Sharkwater” Director Rob Stewart has been recovered.

RELATED: Profile: Rob Stewart

In a series of tweets on Friday evening, the Coast Guard’s southeast district confirmed Rob Stewart’s body was found: has spoken with the US Coast Guard’s public affairs office, who confirmed the sad news.

Coast Guard Captain Jeffrey Janszen, commander of the search and rescue operation,  confirmed that a Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department dive team with an ROV found Stewart’s body just 300 feet from his last-known position near the deep-water dive on Queen of Nassau wreck off Islamorada.

Stewart’s sister Alexandra posted on Facebook expressing the families loss and asking for privacy at this time:

Rob has been found, peacefully in the ocean. There are no words. We are so deeply grateful to everyone who helped…

Posted by Alexandra Stewart on Friday, February 3, 2017

Stewart went missing after surfacing from a dive on Tuesday 31st January.  An extensive search by USCG as well as private boats and aircraft covering over 6,000 square miles of ocean was conducted over three days since he went missing.

Stewart, 37, is best known for his 2006 documentary Sharkwater in which he examined and exposed the shark-hunting industries of the world and the effect upon the ocean ecosystem.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


  1. SO very saddened by this news. My students and I just watched “Sharkwater”. Anyone who cares at all about our planet should watch this documentary.
    Rest in peace, Rob, swim eternally with the sharks.

  2. This is so sad for me as well. Each spring, my students and I watch it during our Ecology unit. It is one of the most engaging things they’ve ever watched, is what they tell me. I feel the same. I will cry this year while watching. What a good, good man working/hobby-ing for a great cause, gone way too soon. 🙁

  3. God Bless Rob his family. May u reflect on the joy and inspiration he gave so many. We are all saddened when a life so lovely is quickly taken away. God bless u to his team as well. Leslie B

  4. I am grateful for his work. It amazes me how people do not consider nature’s balance. Sharks are so necessary. They scare me, but I respect them and their existence. I’m sorry for the family and loved ones. I pray others will follow in his path to fight for these magnificent creatures. They have a place. I also hope that the customers of such slaughter will fall out and there be no need for the butchering.

  5. If death can be unfair this must be one of the most unfair ones. Rob was only 37 and with his head full of brilliant ideas and plans to make this planet a better place.
    Rob’s life was an inspiring example to us all of how one person’s passion can create a global movement for change. We should all take inspiration from this and undertake to try and take his message forward.
    My condolences to his family.

  6. There are two positive things that can come out of this. 1) putting his cause at the forefront to the public. 2) That rules are made for scuba diving for a reason. Use his mistakes to reinforce why the rules have to be followed. RIP.

  7. Perhaps they should have left Rob below i.e. burial-at-sea, it seems to have been where he wanted to be.
    Mourn but briefly…celebrate the life forever.


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