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Sad but Foolish Cave Diving Deaths

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If there is anything a smart diver does not do, it's make cave dives without proper certification and training. But that didn't deter a Florida father, who took his 15-year-old son cave diving to try out new scuba gear they received for Christmas.

Darrin Spivey and his son, Dillon Sanchez, were last seen alive entering the Eagles Nest Sink location in Weeki Wachee, a town north of Port Richey on Florida's west coast. There's a sign near the pond's entrance alerting divers that the cave is dangerous and intended for advanced divers. Spivey was an experienced diver, but his son was not certified. Neither were experienced in cave diving. The two were last seen by a hunter, who saw them suited up at 11 a.m. on Christmas morning and when he returned at about 6 p.m., he noticed their car was still there....

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