Deputies had been alerted Wednesday afternoon right after a single of 3 young adults who were being paying the day at the Buford Springs Cave called 911, the sheriff’s office environment reported.
The teens, who arrived at the park earlier that early morning, experienced talked with the two divers right before the gentlemen acquired into the water, authorities said.
When the two males came back up, they talked with one particular yet another and then dove back in, authorities claimed.
“The juveniles thought the dialogue was in regards to heading back again down into the ‘cave’ and whether or not or not they experienced ample air in their tanks to full their dive,” the sheriff’s business office extra. “A single of the divers is considered to have pointed out that he probably had a leak in his tank.”
Soon soon after, the team of teens saw one of the divers floating experience down and when they checked on him, gained no reaction. When authorities arrived, the diver was deceased, in accordance to the sheriff’s business.
Members of a specialized cave diving rescue team responded to the scene and uncovered the second diver, also deceased, a lot more than 130 ft down below the floor, authorities reported.
“Neither of the divers experienced any evident indications of trauma and both appeared to have the acceptable diving machines. It is unfamiliar at this time if all the devices was functioning adequately,” the sheriff’s place of work extra.
Authorities discovered the two divers as Todd Richard McKenna, 52, and Stephen Roderick Gambrell, 63.
The sheriff’s business office said the investigation into the fatalities is ongoing.
The cave is located in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Park in Weeki Wachee, around an hour north of Tampa.