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Diver dies in Manatee Springs

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by SoFlaDiver954, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    there are manatees that migrate up from the gulf to the spring run in winter/cold weather

    they usually don't go in the cave
     
  2. DOBY

    DOBY Garibaldi

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    The main spring has a short run that empty’s directly into the Suwannee River. Manatees swim up the run during cold weather to stay warm in the constant 72 oF water.

    Heard second hand that the body has been recovered. Thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and those involved in the recovery.
     
  3. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Harry was warning about the changes to the head spring exit over a year ago.
    Cave Diver Harry

    I haven't been to Manatee since before the rock slide, does anyone know if Parks had warning signs about this restriction?
     
  4. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Not that I know of. I was just telling friends that I'm not surprised because it seems like it was barely put out there about the worsening of the restriction. None of my buddies had heard of it. I was the only one. And then on cdf it seemed most hadn't heard about it either. We were having a discussion on how the park would let people know.
     
  5. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    Wow, I just read about a divers previous experience at that exit and how tight and fast it was. That sounds horrible. Condolences to the husband and family.
     
  6. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    Special thanks to all involved in the recovery.
     
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  7. vbond0071

    vbond0071 Angel Fish

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    Manatee Springs State Park cave diving traverse from catfish hotel to manatee head spring video
     
  8. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    supposedly this is MUCH smaller now.
     
  9. DogDiver

    DogDiver Manta Ray

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    Have done the traverse from catfish to the head spring many times. Not in the last 2 years. It is an extreme siphon tunnel about 800 feet long. It was and is a one way ticket. Even with a scooter, you may not be able to get back to catfish basin. If you should be able to grab a fallen tree at the exit, if you turn your head, the flow will rip your mask off. Multiple open water diver fatalities there in the past. The tunnel is well marked to stay out before you reach the point of no return. I’m sorry for the loss to family and dive team.
     
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  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Update from the sheriff’s dept.

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