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January 5, 2005 - Peacock Springs, Suwannee County, FL

RescueOrRecoveryOrNearMiss = Recovery
TodaysDate = 1/5/05
TimeOfAccident = 14:00 ET
DateOfAccident = 1/4/05
County/State/Country = Suwannee County
a_NameOfAccidentSite = Peacock III
   Peacock Springs State Park
   18085 185 Rd.
   Live Oak, FL 32060
DateRecoveryStarted = 1/4/05
TimeRecoveryStarted = 14:30 ET
AgeOfVictim = 34
SexOfVictim = Male
VictimsHighestCertLevel = Cavern
CertAgency = PADI/NSS-CDS
DateOfTraining = 8/2004
YrsExperienceDiving = 17
TotalNumberOfDives = 57 per logbook unknown prior to 1995
NumberOfDivesThisYear = 2-2005, 55-2004
TrainedInCaveDiving = No
CaveDivingTrainingAgency =
DateOfCaveDivingTraining =
YearsExperienceCaveDiving =
TotalNumberOfCaveDives = 2 in past week
NumberOfCaveDivesInLastYear =
NumberOfDivesAtThisLocation = 0
DatesOfDivesAtThisLocation =
MaximumDepthAtLocation = 184
DivePartnersName = 1. Alan Heck 2. William Eugene Page
a_DivePartnersExperience = 1. Intro to Cave Instructor
2. Unknown level of cave training
a_OriginalDivePlan = The plan was to go to Henley's castle, to
the bottom and return.
Dropping stage bottles on the way in and picking them up on the return.
MaximumKnownDepth = 184 feet
WaterTemp = 70 F
DepthBodyFound = 62 feet
DistanceToNearestExit = approx.1300 feet
DescriptionOfSiltInArea = heavy silt floor
NormalVizDistance = 35-40 feet
VizDuringRecovery = 5 feet
a_WeatherConditionsAtTimeOfAccident = sunny 78 F
a_EntryConditionsAtSite = some silt, but not bad
WetOrDrySuit = wet
FullOrShorty = full 3mm
ConditionOfSuit = good
Hood = yes
Gloves = no
Booties = yes
WeightBelt = integrated
PoundsKilosOfWeight = 6 total, three on each side
BuoyancyCompensator = Zeagle Ranger 44 lb
BCType = Back Mount
DegreeOfBCInflation = uninflated
Mask = Cressi Sub
LocationOfMask = On
ContentsOfMask = clear fluid
Fins = Scuba Pro - missing left fin
TypeOfFins = Jet Fins
TapedFins = Spring straps
Snorkel = no
Knife = 2: 1/ emt shears 2/ folding knife
LocationOfKnife = in pocket on r. side
NumberOfTanks = Single on back, stage bottle
SizeOfTanks = PST E8130 - back, 80ft3 - stage
TankMaterial = steel - back, AL stage
TankPosition = 1-back, 1 - side
FillPressureAtStartOfDive = unknown
PressureAtRecovery = 0, 0
TankValveConfiguration = H-valve on back, K-valve on stage
PositionOfIsolationValve = N/A
NumberOfRegulators = 3:2 on back tank, 1 on stage
BrandOfRegulators = Back - 2 yoke Sherwoods; primary maximus,
alternate Brut; stage- SE3
Octopus = 2 first stage/2 second stage
LongHose = Yes, breathing 7 ft, short on necklace
RegsFunctionalAtScene = unknown, no air
GeneralConditionOfRegulators = fair/good
StatusOfValveOpening = all open
PressureGauge = 2 consoles - 2 gauge scuba pro mini, 3
gauge USD pressure
PSIReadingOnGauge = 0
NumberOfLights = 4
TypeOfLights = 1-primary HID, 2,3,4 - back up princeton tec 40
LightsOperational = yes to all, 1 - on and glowing, 2-4 off but
functional
LocationOfLights = 1-primary, 2- b/u l shoulder, 3 - b/u r
shoulder, 4 - pocket
NumberOfReels = 1
TypeOfReels = DR cavern reel
ReelsDeployed = by first to find victim
LocationOfReels = right side
DistanceFromGuideline = attached to guide-line by waist strap of BCD
GuidelineCondition = good
DepthGaugeType = 1- Sherwood analog depth with max dept
indicator, Computer
VictimsDepthGaugeReading = 184
Slate = yes, "2900,12:08 12:15 1600, 12:41
1500, 2400/3, made a big mistake not breathing stage"
Tables = no
NumberOfComputers = 1
TypeOfComputers = atmos II - nitrox
a_ComputerData = locked out
a_AddtionalDescriptionOfEquipment = casio g-shock watch
whistle on l shoulder D-ring
EquipmentLoaned = owned except tanks
LoanedFromWho = instructor buddy - stage, second buddy -
back tank
OverallConditionOfEquipment = good
a_BodyState = on floor; facing out; missing left fin;
primary light on, mask on; reg out of mouth
Guideline clipped under waist strap of BCD. BCD had to be unclipped,
(2-inch quick release style clip) to remove guideline.
Saftey reel had been attached to line by first diver to find victim.
no signs of struggle or panic
body covered with light silt

ReportPreparedBy = Shelley Orlowski and Dawn Williams
RecoveryTeamMembers = John W. Orlowski
OfficerInCharge = Cpl. D. Manning