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Vortex Accident - T2T

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Cave Diver, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster

    Thanks Mat. I've got one more question concerning something I was told. It was reported that the gate was open in this post:

    Was it found open in the manner described here?

    Based on the modification to the hinges that was described, if the victim had been the last one through the gate, it should have opened from the opposite side and hanging by the lock. Before I go any further, is this how it was found? Or was it found open in the traditional manner described above?
  2. SandyRobinson

    SandyRobinson Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Moultrie, Georgia
    Sorry if this has been covered but was he supposedly on the main line, on a jump, blind jump, or just off a main or other line?
  3. Spd 135

    Spd 135 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Slidell La
  4. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Florida - Marianna area
    When I went in Friday night, the gate was open from the opposite side. The "hinges" on the gate have never been real hinges. Opening the gate usually consisted of dragging the bottom through the sand. I would just hang from the chain on that side.

    There is a main line with one T in this system. All the line in the system is white cave line. There are some side "passages" that don't go anywhere. You can see them pinch down from the main line.
  5. packman

    packman Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: southeast of disorder
    Thank you all for the information posted on here.

    This was a stupid, stupid death. What a waste.
  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Wow... it's almost more information than I wanted/needed.

    When I became an instructor at the turn of the century, Reggie Ross commented that a predominant number of people found dead in caves are OW instructors without cave training. How sad.

    I remember diving at Vortex and my buddy wanting to head on down to the gate. He had no overhead training, so there was NO WAY I was going to do that. His kicking would have silted us out in no time. I have always wanted to go back and check it out, but there is nothing down there worth dying for.
  7. packman

    packman Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: southeast of disorder
    There's nothing in any of them worth dying for.
  8. scubapolly

    scubapolly Instructor, Scuba

    Ok, this part of the quote from the "non diving friend" made me laugh:

    I assume they are referring to Edd, but saying the person is more experienced than Ben sure doesn't narrow it down much.

    One thing I don't get- the guy is from TN, but he has been diving Vortex nearly everyday for 2-3 months. Did he have a job?

    Thanks to all who have put forth an effort in the recovery. Seeing all the details I think this guy is proof that Darwinism happens in cave diving.
  9. netmage

    netmage Rest in Peace Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Coral Springs, FL
    Just two weekends ago I was 2 decks down inside the Rodeo 25, and you know what I find laying in the corner - a spare air - full of 32%... All properly labeled as if someone had went and did the math of how many breaths, the nitrox mix, etc...

    Despite all the warnings in print, video, training, conventions, dive clubs, etc... - the rules, guidelines, whatever are being broken - every single day... :idk:
  10. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winterville, NC
    tim, did it have 'hello kitty' on it??
    Tortuga68 likes this.

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