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Florida Father And Son Drown While Trying New Diving Equipment On Christmas Morning

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Christmas morning went terribly wrong for one Florida family after a father and son died while attempting a dive.

Darrin Spivey and his son Dillon Sanchez decided to test out some new diving gear they received as gifts on Wednesday, and they headed to the 300-foot Eagle's Nest Sink.

The area has been described as one of the most difficult caves to dive in the world, and there are even signs upon entering the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge that warn it is not for inexperienced divers.

One sign even reads:

"Cave diving in this area is extremely dangerous - even life threatening! Do not dive unless you are a certified cave diver!!"

Darrin's fiancé Holly King grew concerned when the boys didn't return home after several hours, and when she drove to the cave and noticed their car was still in the parking lot, she called the authorities.

Both bodies were eventually found by rescue divers after about an hour of searching.

Darrin and Dillon both enjoyed diving, however, the 35-year-old was not an experienced cave diver and his son was not certified.

We can't even begin to imagine how difficult of a time this must be for their family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this time.

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10 comments to “Florida Father And Son Drown While Trying New Diving Equipment On Christmas Morning”



  1. 1

    When you grow up in the hood, you don't take unnecessary risks. Day-to-day life is challenging enough. There are people out there who don't understand that concept and willingly & intentionally tease fate for what, a thrill?!



  2. 2

    What a horrible, irresponsible father. Poor kid. And why did they have different last names?

  3. Florida Girl says – reply to this


    3

    This happened right here in my hometown. This cave in the Weeki Wachee Springs is notorious for turning people around and even the most experienced divers have unfortunately lost their lives because they become disoriented without a line that will lead them to safety. The caves are popular and even have been featured on television but someone needs to put a stop on people exploring them.

  4. Canada Guy says – reply to this


    4

    Its sad that the fathers ego is probably responsible for the death of himself and his son.



  5. 5

    Darwin strikes again.



  6. 6

    OMG so horrible…

  7. RF says – reply to this


    7

    Tragic - yes; but what does it have to do with the entertainment world????????????????????

  8. Ice in my vaines says – reply to this


    8

    i guess
    you get to the point where your life means nothing if your not risking it all
    if you wanna get into Extreme sports just know
    it is double edge sword that requires discipline
    one side beautiful and amaizing all along the edge
    and ,,,,
    this is the other side
    ppl being reckless hurting the sport



  9. 9

    Re: Canada Guy – Man you canadians just love trying to ban anything that's even remotely possible to kill someone. If you twats had your way we'd all be living in padded houses inside huge domes.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    10

    Re: NookiesWA – Total bullshit. Canuck jocks are amongst the most extreme on the planet. Look at the size of their mountains and backyard. Canada guy said nothing even remotely close to 'banning.' Go pump your fake agenda to some stupid people.