WEEKI WACHEE – Yesterday RNRF reported the tragic news that another scuba diver lost his life while exploring Eagles Nest Sink.
Officials have now identified the diver as Charles Odom but the exact cause of death is still pending the outcome of an autopsy.
According to officials, Odom and fellow divers, Kevin Lura, Evan May, and Christopher Jones met at the Hardee’s Restaurant around 9:40 a.m., and then drove into the preserve together.
All four divers then entered the water and began testing their gear when May experienced a malfunction with his gear and got out of the water.
The other three divers continued the dive while May began to pack up his gear and started loading it into his vehicle.
On his last trip to the sink May noticed a body floating in the water and immediately jumped in and pulled Odom’s lifeless body to the shore.
Officials say Lura and Jones noticed Odom in distress after exploring the “Ballroom” area of the cave. At about 100 feet below the surface, Odom suddenly went limp. Lura and Jones sent Odom to the surface but they were forced to ascend slowly to avoid decompression sickness.
This is the fifth dive related death to occur at Eagles Nest in the last four years.
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