Officials with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission recovered two bodies on Christmas Day of a father and son who went missing after diving in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge near Weeki Wachee in Hernando County, Florida.
The father and son apparently received new dive equipment as Christmas gifts and went to Eagle’s Nest Sink before noon to dive.
The man’s fiancé was unable to reach him, so she notified law enforcement around 3:00 p.m.
Emergency workers found the bodies inside underwater caves around 8:30 p.m.
Eagle’s Nest Sink, also known as Lost Sink, is a large cave system near Weeki Wachee. Most consider this an advanced dive due to the depths found there as well as the long distances to find help near the location.
Cave diving is considered to be one of the most dangerous sports in the world. There are many obstacles that contribute to this notion, including the fact that divers cannot swim to the surface in case of an emergency. Rather, divers must often navigate a maze of passage ways to get back to the surface. Sadly, diving accidents can lead to substantial injuries, near drowning and in many cases, death.
Near drowning or drowning deaths are often preventable diving tragedies that are usually the result of faulty equipment, bad judgment, inadequate training or insufficient supervision. While it is unknown what exactly happened in this father and son diving disaster, if negligence can be established, a wrongful death lawsuit could provide these victims’ families the opportunity to gain financial compensation to help cover funeral and other expenses related to the death of their loved ones.