WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. -- It was a tragedy on Christmas Day after a father and
his teenage son died while underwater cave diving in Hernando County.
Darrin Spivey, 35, and his 15-year-old son Dillon Sanchez went to a popular
dive site called Eagle's Nest on the morning of December 25 to try out new
diving equipment Dillon received for Christmas. Darrin was a certified diver --
although not a certified cave diver. His son was not a certified diver.
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underwater cave Eagle's Nest
Darrin Spivey's fiancee contacted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office around
3 p.m. after she was unable to reach them. She even drove out to Eagle's Nest,
where she found their car. But Darrin and Dillon were nowhere to be found.
While canvassing the area, deputies found a hunter who said he saw Spivey and
his son suited up and preparing to dive around 11 a.m.
At 8:30 p.m. certified underwater recovery divers entered the water, and a
short time later found the father and son's bodies in separate caves.
Forensics technicians responded to the scene and took photographs and
collected all equipment, which will be evaluated.
Eagle's Nest is a large cave system on the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area property near Weeki
At least six other people have died while diving at Eagle's Nest since