Cave Diving Fatality - Past the Hinkel

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Cave Diving Fatality - Past the Hinkel

Postby Lost » Mar 12, 2008 3:26 pm

Diver's identity has been released.

A man, visiting the United States from Switzerland, died Monday when he apparently drowned while cave diving in Gilchrist County.
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The body of Mark Fyvie was found about 3,800 feet into a cave system at Ginnie Springs, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office reported. Fyvie had been alone when he started his dive at about noon Monday into the cave system at an opening called the Devil's Eye.

Another diver began searching for Fyvie after he had failed to return by about 9 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. About one hour and a half later, Fyvie's body was discovered.

The man's body was not removed from the caves until Tuesday due to darkness and safety concerns for recovery team, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Fyvie had been using a diving system that would have allowed a diver to remain underwater for a longer period of time than usual, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Fyvie's death remained under investigation by the Sheriff's Office Wednesday.

The cave system is a popular area for divers. Called the Devil's Spring system, it houses three separate springs that produce about 80 million gallons of water daily, according to a Web site about Ginnie Springs. The Devil's Eye is a round opening about 20 feet across that serves as the entrance to a cavern.

In 2005, a 20-year-old University of North Florida student died in an underwater cave at the park after he apparently went free diving by himself.
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