Body of Diver Discovered in Florida’s Ginnie Springs

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The body of a man was discovered this weekend in Ginnie Springs, Florida, having apparently drowned diving there two days earlier.

Identified as Steve Bennet of Hendersonville, Tennessee, the body was found by a group of divers on Sunday in the Devil’s Eye section of the cave system.

On Friday the man, who appeared to be diving alone, had rented diving equipment from the privately owned Ginnie Springs Outdoors park and campground.

Investigators found an open-water diving certificate in the mans car, but it was unclear if he was a certified cave diver.

Whether or not he had any experience in terms of cave diving, we do not know, Lt. David Aderholt, Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Gainesville for an autopsy.

Body of Tennessee diver found in Ginnie Springs [Gainesville.com]

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  1. Freddyboy
    March 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Why did they rent equipment to him?

  2. Jeff
    March 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    why would the NOT rent equipment to him? he had a valid Open water certification that allows him to go to 60 fsw without an instructor.

  3. Jeff
    March 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Now with that certification, they would not have rented CAVE exploring gear or even dive lights for that matter as they are forbidden if you are not cave certified. Now why he was IN the cave in the first place is a whole different story. there are signs posted EVERYWHERE stating that you MUST be cave certified to enter the caves. who knows why he was in there. there may be more explanation after the autopsy.

  4. Shelley Lee Johnson
    April 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

    @Freddyboy: Of course Jeff is correct. Every adult in this world has the responsibility for his own actions. One cannot look to blame a dive shop for renting gear to a certified diver. It may turn out that the diver was cave trained but just had an accident. Solo cave diving is common practice. It must have been horrible for those divers who found his body…..not the cave experience they had in mind for sure. Fortunately, they made it out safely.

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