cave fatality

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by wallacm, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. wallacm

    wallacm Single Diver

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    I heard about a cave diving fatality near the Layfette Blue system in Mayo, Florida. Was wondering if anyone knows anything more about this, or if its even true. Anyhow, if it is true my prayers go out to the family and friends of the diver.
     
  2. H2Andy

    H2Andy Surface Interval Member

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    i haven't heard anything (which doesn't mean much), and i haven't seen any news

    i just did a quick Google, and couldn't find anything
     
  3. loosebits

    loosebits Manta Ray

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    More info here:
    http://cavediver.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=5467
    http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23195

     
  4. OWSI176288

    OWSI176288 Scuba Instructor

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    Details are sketchy.....it appears a solo diver is missing in a cave system near Lafayette Blue.

    Reposted from Cave Diver's form:
    "On behalf of the IUCRR, I can state there appears to have been a fatality in a small system near Lafayette Blue, Lafayette County, Florida. The victim's dive plan was a solo, side mount exploration dive.

    Recovery personnel and law enforcement personnel are on site as well as friends of the victim. I would urge that the community not speculate as to the cause of this accident. Our prayers and support go out to the family and friends.

    Regards
    Ken Hill



    Hopefully more will be issued when the facts are known. In the mean time, my thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and rescue personnel.
     
  5. H2Andy

    H2Andy Surface Interval Member

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    well ... it doesn't sound good
     
  6. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic PADI Pro

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    Information from other forums state the diver was sidemount doing an exploration dive in a system near Lafayette Blue.

    IUCRR recovered the body this evening.
     
  7. Jcsgt

    Jcsgt Photographer

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  8. webhead

    webhead Scuba Instructor

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    And is very sad. Never a good day when we lose a member of the family. Best wishes to the family and friends.
     
  9. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic PADI Pro

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    Yes it does. Even more so after going a full year without any fatalities.
     
  10. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Deep South DIR

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    My prayers go out to him and his family.
     
  11. BladesRobinson

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    Accident Kills Charlottesville Cave Diver
    February 16, 2007


    A mysterious accident has claimed the life of a Charlottesville cave diver.

    Cave diving is a dangerous and extreme sport, but those who knew Rxx Sxxxxxx say he was good at it and died doing what he loved.

    “When I first heard it I thought it was a joke because I can't believe he was a great guy, [a] good diver,” said friend and fellow diver Lxxxx Mxxxxxxx.

    In fact, 53-year-old Rxx Sxxxxxx was one of the greatest cave divers around. So when news hit, other divers couldn't understand how he could have died enjoying the sport.

    “Very brave, very safety conscious, and Rxx always kept his gear up to date,” said Mxxxxxxx.

    Yet investigators in Lafayette County Florida believe Rxx had complications with his equipment, that on his final dive he was no deeper than 28 feet below the water's surface when he tragically drowned.

    Rxx's body was recovered in the Suwannee River Valley caves in North Central Florida Thursday. The sheriff's department is investigating the death, but believes it was an accident.

    “We lost one hell of a man, a real great explorer. He goes to places no one can get to his size and slip through a crack and finds virgin passage in a heart beat. The guy was great, a great diver,” said Mxxxxxxx.

    Rxx reportedly dove inside that same cave as many as 40 times before his fated dive. Investigators are waiting on autopsy results to confirm the cause of his death.


    FULL STORY AT:
    http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/news/headlines/5903341.html
     
  12. BladesRobinson

    BladesRobinson ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  13. Jeff Toorish

    Jeff Toorish Scuba Instructor

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    Condolances to family and friends.

    For those who don't know, he invented the ropewalker climbing system used by some cave divers.

    Jeff
     
  14. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic PADI Pro

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    From CDF:

     

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