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Father, son die while
cave diving in Hernando

Tampa Tribune, by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe

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Posted By:Hazymac, 12/28/2013 4:15:56 PM

HERNANDO COUNTY - A sign leading to Eagle Nest Sink compares it with the cave-diving equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. The enormous underground system reaches depths of more than 300 feet and has a main room the size of a football field. Warnings posted near a dock at the side of the sinkhole say the descent is dangerous and should only be attempted by certified and experienced cave divers using a combination of gas and air in their tanks. On Christmas Day, Darrin Spivey and his 15-year-old son Dillon Sanchez made it down 233 feet using air alone. They died on their way back up. Neither was a certified cave diver.

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Cave diving is in my opinion just as dangerous as high altitude mountaineering, and can be fatal just as quickly. This front page story from yesterday´s paper is yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of risking an environment where breathing regular air below a certain depth leads to euphoria then death. These two had no idea what they were doing.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/28/2013 4:20:31 PM     (No. 9671115)

Another article quoted an experienced diver as warning this guy from diving in the cave. He said to him, "One of these day´s they´ll be calling me to come get you." Sad, sad.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Subal, 12/28/2013 4:26:59 PM     (No. 9671119)

Darwin award for SCUBA category.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/28/2013 4:36:30 PM     (No. 9671127)

A man´s got to know his limitations.

RIP.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chillijilli, 12/28/2013 5:55:48 PM     (No. 9671174)

"Hey, dude! Let´s go test our brand NEW equipment on 1 of the top 3 extreme cave dives in the world!" the brilliant uncertified cave diver/ father said to his completely uncertified son.
Who does that; it makes me sick.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/28/2013 6:39:34 PM     (No. 9671210)

How sad for the family. RIP.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JediJerry, 12/28/2013 8:03:08 PM     (No. 9671266)

A pair of last minute Darwin Award for scuba divers winners to close out 2013. They can rename it the Darrin and Dillon Darwin Sink.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mossley, 12/28/2013 8:25:54 PM     (No. 9671271)

For those not familiar with diving, there are different levels of certification and they get progressively harder. Being certified at one level is nowhere near being ready to take on the next. Cave diving is a specialty that many advanced divers would never consider because of the dangers. There are many, many things that can go wrong in an underwater cave, and even experienced cave divers go in groups with other certified cave divers.

Think of some guy who walks up a hill thinking a new pack and boots means he´s ready to tackle Everest. He wasn´t, and he killed his son in the process.

Oh, and this is hardly a new behavior for the guy. He was a convicted sex offender and went to prison for leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/28/2013 9:55:23 PM     (No. 9671309)

There are many stories about nuvo-riche types who bought a Ferrari and drove it, bought a boat and sailed it and then bought an airplane and killed themselves and their family in it.

Pride goeth.....before the fall.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/28/2013 10:11:33 PM     (No. 9671316)

You never know when the last time will be the last time.

Condolences to the family.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 12/29/2013 12:59:54 AM     (No. 9671373)

What kind of idiots dive to 230 ft on straight air????

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 12/29/2013 11:38:38 AM     (No. 9671726)

Sad that the young man had such a stupid father.

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