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Diver's father wants cave closed after deaths

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Updated: 12/29/2013 4:41 pm
WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. — A Florida man wants the state to close an underwater cave system after his son and grandson died there in a diving accident on Christmas Day.

Chester Spivey Jr. said the 300-foot deep Eagle Nest Sink cave in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area is too dangerous for diving.

Darrin Spivey, 35, and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, were found dead Wednesday.

The Tampa Tribune reports that at least six other divers have died in the vast underwater cave system since 1981.

State wildlife officials say they have no plans to close it. Only certified cave divers should enter the system, officials said.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Spivey was a certified diver; however, he was not a certified cave diver. Sanchez was not a certified diver.

Copyright the Associated Press

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CuriousMe - 12/31/2013 11:12 AM
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I feel for the mans loss but his son and grandson chose to do something they were not trained to do. Why should divers who have trained for CAVE diving be restricted because this mans son chose to in essence commit suicide by intentionally doing something they knew they were not authorized to do. People are responsible for their decisions at least that is the way I was raised.

CuriousMe - 12/31/2013 11:12 AM
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I feel for the mans loss but his son and grandson chose to do something they were not trained to do. Why should divers who have trained for CAVE diving be restricted because this mans son chose to in essence commit suicide by intentionally doing something they knew they were not authorized to do. People are responsible for their decisions at least that is the way I was raised.

confederate - 12/29/2013 4:57 PM
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He wasn't certified to cave dive. He should not have been there and he shouldn't have taken his son. Prays to the family
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