Florida man dies while diving in dangerous underwater caves

A Florida man died while diving in a popular underwater network of caves on Saturday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Davin Brannon, a 53-year-old experienced diver from Dover, was found at the Eagle’s Nest cave diving site in Weeki Wachee, Florida.

According to WTSP, the sheriff's office received a call on Saturday around noon about a diver in distress, but when deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene, Brannon was already dead.

A spokesperson from the sheriff's office told WTSP that Brannon and his friend were barely inside the caves when he experienced a "medical episode."

"They weren't planning to explore any deeper than the first room of the cave when the incident occurred," spokesman Michael Terry told the station. "We don't know if he simply drowned or if he had a heart attack, it's hard to tell at this point."

A medical examiner has been called in to determine Brannon's exact cause of death.

Since 1981, 11 people have died while diving in the caves at Eagle's Nest, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Multiple warnings are posted around the dive site to warn visitors about the potential dangers of the attraction. 

"There are signs up above that tell you the dangers of going into the caves," Terry said, referring to a sign that reads: "There's nothing in this cave worth dying for."

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