Sad day for cave divers - Wes Skiles

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Sad day for cave divers - Wes Skiles

Postby FW » Jul 22, 2010 7:00 am

World class cavediving film maker, Wes Skiles, passed away yesterday (July 21). He was working on a video off West Palm, FL. He was on a rebreather at the time. I have no other details right now.

My condolences to his family, and many caving buddies.

Edit: I just heard it was actually off Marathon, FL.
Later Edit: the link below confirms the original the West Palm location
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Scott McCrea » Jul 22, 2010 7:29 am

A sad day for all, not just cave divers. :sad:
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby CaverScott » Jul 22, 2010 7:32 am

:sad: :sad: :sad:

My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed by all.

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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Phil Winkler » Jul 22, 2010 8:01 am

That is so sad. An article about him and the Bahamas Blue Holes is in this month's National Geographic. His photos are glorious.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Scott McCrea » Jul 22, 2010 9:14 am

Here's a link to the pick from the Nat Geo. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/ ... hotography
Amazing work.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby FW » Jul 22, 2010 9:42 am

Scott McCrea wrote:A sad day for all, not just cave divers. :sad:

You are right. Can this be mirrored on the general page?
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Anonymous_Coward » Jul 22, 2010 9:53 am

Those photos are amazing. RIP Wes.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby FW » Jul 22, 2010 10:50 am

Here is an article on a FL news site.
http://www.gainesville.com/article/2010 ... kiles-dies
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby wendy » Jul 22, 2010 12:25 pm

I just read the paper and saw this. I can't beleive it. He was such a nice guy and a great asset to the cave diving and caving community.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Tom Gilleland » Jul 22, 2010 1:45 pm

Wes was my friend and cave diving mentor, and I miss him already.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby JR-Orion » Jul 22, 2010 2:06 pm

Phil Winkler wrote:That is so sad. An article about him and the Bahamas Blue Holes is in this month's National Geographic. His photos are glorious.


I just read that article earlier this week. Very sad news.
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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Cheryl Jones » Jul 22, 2010 2:22 pm

This is so sad, and such a shock. :cry: Wes was a giant in underwater photography, cave exploration, and in efforts to conserve FL's springs and aquifers. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

A short bio
http://dive-rite.com/divelog/adventures ... wesskiles/

Some of his outstanding photography
http://www.karstproductions.com/image_g ... ery_1.html

Florida Springs http://www.floridasprings.com/index.html

Film credits
http://www.karstproductions.com/credits.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0804167/

It's so disheartening that we've lost two cave photography greats, Chip Clark and Wes, this summer. :sad:

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Re: Sad day for cave divers

Postby Scott McCrea » Jul 22, 2010 4:06 pm

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Re: Sad day for cave divers - Wes Skiles

Postby Cheryl Jones » Jul 23, 2010 12:19 am

Coverage by West Palm Beach TV channel 5
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/sports/recreati ... estigation
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Re: Sad day for cave divers - Wes Skiles

Postby gdstorrick » Jul 23, 2010 5:58 am

Cheryl Jones wrote:Coverage by West Palm Beach TV channel 5
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/sports/recreati ... estigation


Wes was a friend who let us camp at his house many times while diving in Florida. I don't have the words to say how much we will miss him.

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