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Ginnie Springs diver missing - Florida

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,843
    5,757
    The news site does not specify the location, but other sources do. I think he has been missing since yesterday altho this news story says that the SO was contacted today, while other sources say yesterday.

    DEVELOPING: Diver missing in Gilchrist County
     
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  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,363
    30,959
    I understand that Ginnie is closed until they recover the body. I haven't heard if they've done that yet.
     
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  3. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    1,614
    1,549
    As of about 7 AM this morning I was told body was located (I believe that occurred last night) and the recovery team was going in today. I'm sure it's still ongoing due to distance from the entrance. If distance is accurate in the report I got, then there will be at least one restriction to contend with, possibly 2.
     
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  4. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,363
    30,959
    I heard he was between 5,000 and 5,500 ft back. That's a heck of a dive. I also heard he was on an SF2, but I have no corroboration on either.
     
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  5. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    2,392
    2,340
    I had been hearing rumors of this, but I declined to post until a news story came out.

    If it was CCR I hope we find out what happened, or at least clues to the cause.
     
  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,363
    30,959
    That hardly ever happens. We are not considered worthy of such information. There's a lot of excuses given, but I think they are trying to protect the reputation of cave diving. They obviously don't think we are smart enough to handle the truth. [/cynicism]
     
  7. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    2,392
    2,340
    (MOD EDIT - Please try to remember that friends and family read these threads)

    That seems to be the standard, for the most part the only time that information is published is when there is a lawsuit. Exception being the wife of the of that Navy dude that died in Hawaii.
     
  8. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    1,614
    1,549
    Some of us will find out all of the details, others will not even have a clue it happened. It's all about who you know unfortunately. Sadly I wish the recovery team was still able to release publishable reports, but that just doesn't happen anymore.
     
  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,363
    30,959
    I've been yelled at for asking questions. They tell us not to speculate, but that's the only way we get info. I don't know about others, but I don't want to make the same mistake that the deceased did. Getting defensive about it only drives us away from the organizations that are supposed to foster safety.
    I see this as a cop-out on their part. I know of no law-suits that have been filed when such info was released. It's a solution to a problem in their minds.
     
  10. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
    1,614
    1,549
    I can tell you that some of the divers involved in recoveries also wish they were allowed to be open with details once the case is resolved. I have learned from others deaths sadly. I was taught conservative bailout ranges. There have been several deaths linked to not enough bailout or poor gas planning in caves I’ve dove that drive the point home. I think we should all be allowed to learn from it. Unfortunately a lot of people spoil it because they just want to hear gory details and don’t want to better themselves from it.
     
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