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Two cave divers die in underwater Florida labyrinth known as ‘Mount Everest of diving’ - TomoNews

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WEEKI WACHEE, FLORIDA — Two divers died exploring an underwater cave system in Florida known to be one of the world’s most beautiful, but also most dangerous diving sites. The bodies of Patrick Peacock, 53, and Chris Rittenmeyer, 38, were found by rescue divers in the Eagle’s Nest cave system on Monday, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Eagle’s Nest is also known as the Lost Sink. Divers access the underwater caves through a pond in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge. Among divers, the caves are considered the Mount Everest or Grand Canyon of diving sites for their stunning views and extreme depths. The treacherous tunnels contain around a mile of passages, some of them more than 300 feet deep. Peacock and Rittenmeyer explored deep into the caves on Sunday, while a third diver, Justin Blakely, stayed nearer the surface. Blakely raised the alarm when his two friends failed to show up on time at their meeting point. The two dead divers were found in a complex and dangerous part of the cave system, according to deputies. They are the ninth and tenth divers to die at Eagle’s Nest since 1981. Both men were experienced cave divers and had explored the site before. Florida man Chester Spivey, whose son and grandson died at Eagle’s Nest on Christmas Day 2013, renewed calls for the site to be closed in the wake of Peacock and Rittenmeyer’s deaths. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter See a story that should be animated? Tell us about it! Suggest a story here: http://bit.ly/suggest-tomonews Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Text Comments (88)
Brian Waltman (10 months ago)
what a terrifying death!
Jaeger (1 year ago)
I wish they would explain why they died in diving deaths. Ran out of air, got lost? What happend? :S
TURTLELOZ3ER (1 year ago)
WAIT how did they die!??
Dan Mills (1 year ago)
Thrill seeking again. This is nothing more than natural selection. Good riddance, morons.
SALmetalseven (1 year ago)
To the extreme!!!
David Sumrell (1 year ago)
stay out of de cave
Tony Peppermint (1 year ago)
Damn.
I'м Dave (1 year ago)
die ving... fuck that
Smeg (1 year ago)
So a buttifful place is a dangerous place, reminds me of Mexico
Waldzwölfe (1 year ago)
Plottwist: The Culprit says _" Fhtagn! "_
Recycled (1 year ago)
Bread crumbs
Steven Universe (1 year ago)
yolo
la paix ou l'épée (1 month ago)
Steven Universe yolo and after that comes judgment hebrews 9 : 27
Baldoxxx4000 (1 year ago)
im already scared of going in caves, but cave under water??!
haha LOL haha (1 year ago)
fucking florida
LadyAmmox (1 year ago)
Why close it? People should be able to take on that journey at their own risk.
Greds Thxgb (1 year ago)
Reaper leviathan got em
lick my lips (1 year ago)
howd they die
diGritz1 (1 year ago)
Lack of air. Could have been a broken guide line or a grey out. It's also possible one of them had a equipment failure and they couldn't get back out buddy breathing.
JAL89 (1 year ago)
Oh yea the same place a son and dad died
Adamost (1 year ago)
How about we don't risk our lives especially not underwater
Trabucox (1 year ago)
This is why everything gets regulated, some fool kills himself and ruins it for everybody else because its deemed unsafe, shit this is Darwin doing his magic.
tin12345man (1 year ago)
Extreme sports have extreme fun and extreme consequences. There is no law against stupidity.
David David (1 year ago)
Exactly! I couldn't agree more :)
Soundafek (1 year ago)
Leave the cave diving to the pros do not mess with what you don't know...
"Experienced divers and have explored the cave system before" They were experienced and did it before they probably just messed up.
MazdaRx7 FTW (1 year ago)
First
nikkij55 (1 year ago)
What a waste. So dumb
la paix ou l'épée (1 month ago)
foolishness
Ferasnarf (1 year ago)
A waste of what.
Mark Azamar (1 year ago)
That is lie he's fake
Trump supporter (1 year ago)
Please do a crooked Hillary video
William Schutz (1 year ago)
+Trump supporter sounds like a GREAT trump supporter name!
Trump supporter (1 year ago)
BullShit
William Schutz (1 year ago)
Get ready to change your name.
? (1 year ago)
maybe they saw something and wen't after it but got lost
asher taz (1 year ago)
+? , no, it's a hypothesis.
? (1 year ago)
+asher taz its just a theory
asher taz (1 year ago)
You don't seem to quite comprehend the meaning of the word "labyrinth".
charles grimmer (1 year ago)
why don't people dive with tethers, and hoses for more oxygen. like in the old days
michael waxter (1 year ago)
charles grimmer can't use hoses in a cave system.
diGritz1 (1 year ago)
I'll assume none of you are divers. No one used surface supplied air for recreational diving in the "old days". Rec diving wasn't a thing until after WWII and the introduction of the Aqua Lung. Cave Diving 101: Avoid all contact with the floor and surfaces as much as possible. The reason for this is simple, there will almost always be particulates/muck that have collected, mostly on the bottom up to 6 inches deep, and once these are disturbed it can be a total grey out. Grey out + Complicated cave system = No more paying taxes for you. Remember this system is up to 300 feet deep and more then a mile long. So even if you managed to haul the 2500 feet of air line weighing well over 500 pounds x 2 (main and back-up for each diver and enough line for 1/4 mile), your still going to need a diver every 10 feet or so to hold it up off the floor to prevent a possible grey out and damage to the lines by dragging it over sharp coral and rocks. Dragging a heavy duty tether would have the same issue with regards to stirring up the muck. "At least with a tether you would make it back out" is what you might think. However, depending on the cave's complexity it means an egress that may take hours. It would also mean no rescue until it settled. Even if you did make it out it would mean no more diving for anyone else for 2 or 3 days. The proper tool looks just like a carpenters chalk line. It's light weight and easy to wrap around things to keep it off the floor. However the lines are not perfect and can break. Also as I stated above even with a line if the muck is stirred up enough it can be a lengthy egress. My personal opinion about cave diving is FUCK THAT SHIT! I never go near them.
gorrilaboy22 (1 year ago)
Don't be a pussy.
HauskojaVideoita (1 year ago)
Well, a thick guideline would have aided them
Captain Freedom (1 year ago)
+Ridan Reaper Nonsense.
Alex Boricua (1 year ago)
Have they ever heard about a safety rope?
M Leask (1 year ago)
ALA ALAROY idk wtf happen there *Oxygen
M Leask (1 year ago)
ALA ALAROY could have ran out of Oxhgemsa
ALA ALAROY (1 year ago)
How do you even know the safety rope was the problem? It could have been any number of things.
Ferasnarf (1 year ago)
dude, that's not funny people died wtf you dickhead.
Ricky G (1 year ago)
But how did they die? Water pressure too much? Or did they lose their oxygen?
diGritz1 (1 year ago)
They ran out of 02. It could have been from a broken guide line, a grey out or one of them had an equipment failure and they couldn't get back out on buddy breathing.
gorrilaboy22 (1 year ago)
They got lost and ran out of oxygen supply.
XHellXGeistX (1 year ago)
I don't understand people who take risks like that.
XHellXGeistX (1 year ago)
+Crazy Monkey1208 The risks I take are calculated. I'll leave the reckless risks to future Darwin Award winners that I hope include yourself.
Elizabeth Adan (1 year ago)
Crazy Monkey1208 hole.
NuclearGrizzly (1 year ago)
That's why my people don't scuba dive...much less cave dive.
NuclearGrizzly (1 year ago)
+asher taz I have my certificate framed :-)
William Schutz (1 year ago)
What people? Bears??
asher taz (1 year ago)
... also because they don't have the money for it. Best they can be is a certified muff diver. :)
GameRage Jenny Skyler (1 year ago)
5th comment! yay. I love sky diving I'm not sure about sea diving. I want to sea dive!
GameRage Jenny Skyler (1 year ago)
really? would you take me to a dive? and how much money does it cost?
gorrilaboy22 (1 year ago)
Quote: "As a certified diver"
GameRage Jenny Skyler (1 year ago)
I forgot the name for a minute there, thank you. That sounds fun! I want to do those! are you a diver?
Bogdan Cenusa (1 year ago)
TheSilentBird GameRage I think you mean scuba diving. As a certified diver I can tell to at least try scuba and also know that with scuba, sine you can go much deeper and for much longer, you can see sights that you wouldn't be able to by skin diving. And about safety, we allways dive in pairs, usually 8-10 people and in the case we have problems with the air, our coleague has an alternate air source.
Perla Zuñiga (1 year ago)
you guys are so annoying
eät aśs (1 year ago)
I was first bitches
thrasherx2k1 (1 year ago)
Chaos Reclaimer First to have a chin bigger than Jay Leno...
eät aśs (1 year ago)
phuk offndy I welcome it
phuk offndy (1 year ago)
TO ENJOY BEING ANALLY RAPED BY A GIANT SILVERBACK GORILLA !!
Ezekiel Elliott (1 year ago)
If harambe was here,they would have been alive.
+SuperSad Pika REALLY!!! 😱😱
Ezekiel Elliott (1 year ago)
Granit Xhaka it wasn't a meme its the truth,the divers where looking for his moms DNA which was planted down their which was needed to breed another harambe
its a gorilla 😒 he wouldnt have shit
Will (1 year ago)
SuperSad Pika dead meme
eät aśs (1 year ago)
dicks
eät aśs (1 year ago)
Mixed Nation I know and I'm not a dumbass :) I know that I'm straight don't care what people say or think so I go with it in a different direction
eät aśs (1 year ago)
Crazy Monkey1208 I think you need glasses it says dicks

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