The wife of the diver whose body was found off La Jolla Shores Sunday morning spoke with 10News on Monday.
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Kathleen May went on her first date with 45-year-old Jeffrey May on Memorial Day of 2006. Six years later to the day, he disappeared off the coast of La Jolla Shores.
She spoke to 10News on Monday with a message for the diver who found her husband's body.
"I want to thank you personally for bringing Jeff home," Kathleen May said through tears. "We felt that we were going to go forever not knowing what happened to him or what to do with him."
She laughed as she told 10News the last thing she said to her husband.
"Last thing I said to him was, 'Wow, you look good in that Speedo,'" she said.
They have a 2-year-old daughter.
"Jeff is the absolute best daddy in the whole wide world and his little girl loves him so much," she said.
Jeffrey May had been diving for 18 years but had not been diving for the past 10 months. Kathleen May said he could not wait to get back to his favorite spot at La Jolla Shores.
"He used to say that when he went under the water, his mind could just go to a most serene place," she said. "It was kind of his meditation space. It was his place of most enjoyment."
Rescue crews worked tirelessly to find him for days but could only reach depths up to 100 feet below the surface. On Friday, a private search team took the search to a new level, reaching depths four times more than lifeguards.
Captain Shane Thompson was one of the last divers to come up during Friday's search. He was at it again first thing Sunday morning. At 175 feet below, he found Jeffrey May's body.
Thompson was reluctant to speak with 10News on Sunday because he did not want recognition.
"If you help somebody because you have a certain skill that can help them, wouldn't it be the right thing to do that?" Thompson said.
Kathleen May saw 10News' story Sunday night. She believes Thompson is a hero.
"I heard you say that when people have a skill they should share it with other people
and thank you so much for sharing your skill," she said.
She said she is forever grateful for everyone who helped in the search, especially Thompson. She said they have given her a chance to say goodbye.
"You're a blessing to us," she said. "I never thought I'd be relieved to find my husband's body, but in this situation, you brought that to us. You brought closure and peace to us, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
May's wife hopes divers will take this as a lesson to never dive alone.
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