This does make it even worse. Didn't he even have a clue as to dive tables and decompression, let alone the dangers of cave diving. He had to be arrogant, thinking he's so good he didn't need training and could teach his son everything he needed. It had to be tragic to realize his son was out of air and they were no where near their back up tank. Who seriously thinks they can do that kind of technical diving without training? This is just terrible.
This is in the news everywhere, even abroad. Father & son, Christmas, an extreme sport etc makes an eye-catching headline I suppose. You see a lot of folks commenting that the son might not have known "any better"/"the danger"/"the extreme risk of.." etc.
Having never been near any of these sites, I'd still gottten the impression that ones like this would be marked with the Cave folk's (insert organization name) Grim Reaper signs, probably both above water and near/inside the cave's entrance. Is this correct?
"Robert Brooks, an experienced cave diver who knew Spivey and helped recover his body, said the drownings appear to be the result of a diver who tried to go beyond what his training and experience allowed.
Originally Posted by nolatom
"The sad thing is, I told him, 'One night they're going to call me to come get you,' " Brooks said."
After receiving this graphic warning from a cave instructor, he decided to take his un-certified 15 year old kid to 230 feet on air. In my opinion that makes it pretty close to a murder-suicide.
how about a little editing for the sake of basic decency, 'cat?
We often complain that news stories about dive casualties "never get it right", and we speculate about what *really* happened. This news account, using the cave-qualified recovery diver as a source, likely did get it right:
It reads like a good novel whose tragic ending which we divine by chapter two, if not chapter one. Very, very sad.
I hate reading these stories. A tragic ending to a very foolish adventure. I have often opined that it is what you don't know that you don't know that will get you, but in this case, the father had some dive education, and had to have known at some level that what he was doing was very dangerous - in fact, it appears he was forewarned and still boldly went on doing it. Sad.