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    Pirate of the Martires

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    ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    I have been to this cave and its incredible. Highly experienced divers have died here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...ty-are/1049287.

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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    Here is a video of Eagles Nest cave in FL:

    http://vimeo.com/5152614


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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    While we don't know what caused the death, we do know they were not cave trained.
    Michael Barnette
    Association of Underwater Explorers
    http://uwex.us

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    Feb 2004
    lake mary florida
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    There will always be old treasure divers but never any old cave divers.
    Millions of dollars of Spanish treasure await those who would dare brave the eye of the hurricane.

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    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them.
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    I am trained in about everything but Cave diving. It is just the thought that you are surrounded by rock or limestone and won't float to the surface. Any death is a sad thing.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

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    Jun 2004
    Charlotte, NC
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    The training is the most important thing these guys left out. I am full technical cave certified, but I still know and understand my limitations. There are old cave divers but very few old bold cave divers.

    Butch

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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    Quote Originally Posted by outlaws
    The training is the most important thing these guys left out. I am full technical cave certified, but I still know and understand my limitations. There are old cave divers but very few old bold cave divers.

    Butch
    That is the truth.... Training and discipline are the keys to safety. BTW, I wonder what "old" is? I'm full cave with a stack of other certifications, and I'm 65. Wisdom comes with age.
    "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Dont complain."

    Maya Angelou

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    Jul 2008
    Raymond, WA
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    I dove for a county sheriff's department and learned SCUBA before there were cert cards. I'm 67 and I don't do much more than 10-15' anymore. Something is true about wisdom and age. I don't mind admitting it. I just don't like deep anymore. It scares me.

    In this state we have large irrigation canals. People dump stolen cars in them and all kinds of other stuff. At year's end divers, PREVIOUSLY, would go down to the end, look for cars, and then they'd pull them back up. Two guys went down and didn't come back. Two rescue divers went down and one was pulled out a few feet from the entrance/surface by the back up diver. Was hospitalized but survived...I think. The other rescue diver didn't make it Before it was over there were a lot of lives lost. The divers all ran out of air. The best anyone has been able to determine, the water temp was so cold that the divers consumed much more energy than expected and just exhausted their air supply. Maybe the rescue divers pushed the limits trying to search just a bit longer. The gist of this story is true. The exact number of people and condition is the best I can remember. I'm sure there's as write up about it somewhere on-line.
    Now, they open the gate at the bottom and drain it then they go look for the cars. This was just a big man made cave long and deep.
    If you think you can or if you think you can't...you're probably right!

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    Pirate of the Martires

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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    Another one yesterday: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...T&SECTION=HOME

    DOWLING PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A north Florida woman reportedly died while cave diving at Peacock Springs in Suwannee County.

    The sheriff's office reports that 67-year-old Patricia Barkley had been diving with a partner Wednesday when she signaled to him with her light and then took off in the other direction. The partner told deputies that he caught up with her and put her hand on the safety cable, and they began swimming toward the exit. When the partner looked back, Barkley was swimming in the opposite direction.

    After 20 minutes of searching, the partner resurfaced and called for help. Recovery divers found Barkley about an hour later, 830 feet from the nearest exit and 53 feet under the water.

    Investigators aren't sure what caused Barkley to swim off.

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    Feb 2010
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    67-year-old
    That's the great thing about alzheimers, you can dive the same ol place week after week, and every dive is a new one!

    Sorry but I read elsewhere that her & partner dived this same place every week.

    I just can't fathom the attraction for cave diving, never could.

    Cheers




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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman
    I am trained in about everything but Cave diving. It is just the thought that you are surrounded by rock or limestone and won't float to the surface. Any death is a sad thing.
    Not much difference between being surrounded by rock and being surrounded by steel or wood as in wreck diving. Any diving with a ceiling requires training and experience. Still... s@#% happens.
    A group of professionals built the Titanic...A lone amateur built the Ark

  12. #12
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    Mar 2010
    Crystal River, Florida
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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    Welcome to Tnet, OSage1
    "Does anyone know where the love of god goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours"

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    Pirate of the Martires

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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    OSage is right. A shipwreck lying on its side can produce some weird sights inside the passageways. I also have to wonder what a 67-year-old is doing in inside this cave. I made about 15 dives in the Peacock system and its incredibly beautiful. The water is crystal clear all year round.

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    Feb 2008
    Haines City, Florida (33844)
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    sorry to hear

    i am sorry to hear of any death while diving and last week we lost Wes to an open dive...in 70 ft of open water....only God knows...

    i am padi certified and wanted more but to be honest....they named a guy off the Sapranos show for me....big p**sy

    i am not going into any cave or wreck....it is just not happen....get a wake up call...youtube "scuba dive death"

    want to die...todays your last day...ready to check out...put your gear on...crawl down to the cave entrance and go in...i mean 10 ft or more....

    i think the story i remember most was a local kid diving one of the springs here in Central Florida...young kid....lost inside

    so he knows his time is limited...takes off his tank...and with his knife scratches a last note to his family on the tank...

    or how about the 3 brothers that were lost caving....all three...all three...

    or how about the recovery diver that was being filmed going after the body of a diver that was already known dead...and they were filming for discover or history or natgeo...or someone...
    comms with the surface are discussing that he is 20 minutes from the cave entry....he says he is down to 5 minutes air and knows that he is out of luck...

    if i cannot see daylight....and i cant hold my breath till the surface....i aint going....B (with capital B) ig P**sy.....someone calling me.....
    Central Florida to east or west coast...I just enjoy going out to hunt...email and see if we will make a day of it...I can drive or gas anytime...

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    Re: ANOTHER CAVE DIVING DEATH

    I know the kid that died in Central FL. That was Jason Tuskees. He worked at Weeki Wachee Marina. He went into a notorious sink hole called Jennings Sink and stired up the silt, got stuck, couldn't get out. He scratched "I love you Mom, Dad and Christian" (his brother) on his tank. He was 16 years old. That was in 1992. It was a tragic loss that still haunts me. They closed off the area for years. In the summer of 1986, 13 divers drowned in Ginnie Springs until they finally sealed off the cave permanently with steel bars. If you want to go cave diving or wreck penetration diving, GET CERTIFIED for this activity or else you might as well go skydiving without a parachute!

 

 
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