Father and son die testing new diving equipment on Christmas Day

Eagles Nest dangerous even for experienced divers

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - A father and son died while testing out new dive equipment on Christmas Day.

It happened Wednesday at the Eagles Nest Sink, a series of underwater tunnels known to be a dangerous even for experienced divers.

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said neither Darrin Spivey nor his son, Dillon Sanchez, were certified to dive in caves. "It's a very challenging cave for very experienced cave divers only," Hernando County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Denise Moloney explained.

From the dock, the Eagles Nest Sink looks peaceful. Beneath the surface is a series of tunnels that go more than 300 feet down. It's extremely dangerous territory and signs on the dock point out that others have lost their lives exploring the waters.

"Dillon, the 15 year old, went diving with his father because he had gotten some new diving equipment for Christmas and they went to try it out yesterday," Moloney said

She says Spivey was certified to dive, but not in caves. Sanchez was not certified.

When Spivey's fiancé didn't hear from the two around 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, she went looking for them and called for help.

Around 8:30 that night, divers were in the water. They found Sanchez roughly 70 feet down, his father nearly 130 feet.

There is still no word on what may have gone wrong.

Their equipment will be inspected to see of anything was not working properly.


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