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Eagles Nest Again

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Jhat, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Jhat

    Jhat Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida Gulf

    TONY CHANEY Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Mount Holly, NC
    I saw that on CDF. So sad if true.
  3. Wookie

    Wookie Orange Man Bad Staff Member ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

  4. cavediver256

    cavediver256 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: GA
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2018
  5. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Mount Everest has had nearly 300 climber deaths. Close it down!!!!

    Divers die in Cozumel every year. Close it down!!!!

    In the past couple of years, Eagles Nest has had several people die there. They include
    • A father and son who took new Christmas gear to a depth of more than 200 feet. The father was only OW certified. The son was not certified at all.
    • A man without cave training doing non-cave training in the cave had a heart attack.
    • Two very advanced divers were attempting an extremely difficult dive for which probably fewer than 0.02% of divers are qualified.
    The initial reports suggest that this incident was the result of a medical event that had nothing to do with the cave--it could have happened on a Cozumel reef.
    shoredivr, rgdiver1, gopbroek and 5 others like this.
  6. Aviyes

    Aviyes Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Utah
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Both divers in this incident are friends and colleagues of mine. Moderator, may I ask you to move the off topic posts somewhere else, please?
    ScubaWithTurk and Kublai like this.
  8. Cowfish Aesthetic

    Cowfish Aesthetic Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Chicago
    Sorry for your loss, David.

    To get us back to a relevant A&I discussion, this article has the most information I've seen on the accident.

    Of most relevance: "Gregg Bonert, who was with Brannon at Eagle’s Nest on Saturday, said this tragedy had nothing to do with a lack of experience or preparation. "People have a thing about how he was diving in the Eagle’s Nest and that can be very dangerous," Bonert said. "He had all the proper training and equipment. This was a fairly simple technical dive within his capacity. Something just went wrong."

    Brannon died underwater, said Bonert, who then swam with his body to the surface. The cause of death should be known later this week, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said. The tragedy struck just as they entered what is known as the Ballroom, a cave about 70 feet down, which Bonert said they dive into routinely. As usual, they had no plans to go any deeper into the Eagle’s Nest, which has passages and caves as deep as 300 feet."

    In sum, it seems doubtful there is much for us to learn here other than do your best to take care of and know your health (I don't mean to imply that the deceased didn't).
  9. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: St Petersburg, Fl
    Word through the grapevine is an uncontrolled ascent from depth, impacting the roof of the cave at 60’. Buddy found him with his reg out of his mouth then his buddy sent him up through the solution tube to the surface.
    kensuf and Ayisha like this.
  10. Dan_T

    Dan_T Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    If that’s is true, were his dive weights still on / off him, when his dive buddy found him?

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