Man dies at treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave diving site in Weeki Wachee
- The man is at least the 11th to die at the site since 1981.
- Eagle’s Nest is in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, a few miles northwest of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
- Before Sunday, at least 10 divers had died there since 1981.
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- A man drowned at the treacherous Eagle’s Nest Sink cave diving site near Weeki Wachee, according to the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.
WEEKI WACHEE — The treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave diving site has claimed another life, authorities say.
@TB_Times: Man dies at treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave diving site in Weeki Wachee
Charles Odom died while diving at the sinkhole on Sunday, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said Monday. Odom was part of a three-person group that was on its way to the surface after exploring the cave’s famed Ballroom, a cavernous underwater room, Moloney said, when the other two divers noticed he had gone “limp.” They floated him to the surface while they ascended more slowly to properly decompress, according to Moloney.
Eagle’s Nest is in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, a few miles northwest of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. The underwater caves are known in diving circles as the “Grand Canyon” for their stunning views, extreme depth and remote location.
Before Sunday, at least 10 divers had died there since 1981. In 2013, a father and son drowned during a Christmas Day excursion. In October, two divers from Fort Lauderdale died when they failed to resurface during an outing at a spring. They were found near each other in about 260 feet of water, in a complex area of the cave system,
The site was closed to divers from 1999 to 2003.