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Florida Caves Claim Two More

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Two experienced cave divers from Fort Lauderdale died over the weekend of October 16th while exploring a cave system at the Eagle's Nest dive area in Weeki Wachee, on the west coast of Florida. Together with Justin Blakely, Patrick Peacock and Chris Rittenmeyer entered the water at 2 p.m., but while Blakely remained close to the surface, Peacock and Rittenmeyer, the more experienced divers, went below to explore the caves. When Blakely arrived at a predetermined location at an agreed time, neither Peacock nor Rittenmeyer were there. The alarm was raised, and a rescue team launched an unsuccessful attempt to locate both men. They tried again Monday morning, and Peacock and Rittenmeyer were located in 260 feet (80m) of water in what they described as a complex area of the cave....

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