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The following narrative was supplied on August 26, 2004

August 21, 2004, Ginnie Springs, Gilcrest County, FL

24 year old victim, Advanced OW certified.

Two friends of victim stayed in their canoe and one friend snorkeled as the victim did 4 dives.  Victim had a rental AL 80 tank from a dive shop not in the area, and borrowed o/w gear, including one 4 C-Cell light.

Victim did the following solo dives (with 2 friends remaining in canoe above, one friend snorkeling above each site):

  Devils Eye @ approx. 5 - 10 minutes (exact length of dives not timed by anyone)
  Little Devils @ 5 - 10 minutes
  Devils Eye @ 5 - 10 minutes
  Devils Ear - does not surface

Victim's friend sought the FHP Troopers on duty at Ginnie property @ 2:30 a.m. when victim did not surface within 15 minutes after submerging at the Ear.

One Trooper immediately informed Connie LoRe (on property) and all three arrive at Devils site.  After ascertaining with witnesses and victim's friends that the victim had solo dived into the Ear after announcing he had 500# left in a single tank, and had not surfaced, Connie called Ralph DiPanfilo (a Ginnie staff member, certified cave diver and rescue/recovery diver), and the FHP trooper called Gilcrest County EMS at 2:40 a.m.

EMS arrived at 2:55 a.m.
Spring Ridge VFD first responders arrive.
Ralph DiPanfilio arrived at 3 a.m. and entered the water at 3:15 a.m. in full cave gear.
Recovery was completed at 3:29 a.m.
Gilchrist County Sheriff Deputy arrives after victim was brought to surface.
Victim pronounced by Gilchrist County EMS 3:34 a.m.

Gilchrist County took over investigation and possession of all dive equipment of the victim.

Data compiled by Larry Green