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Man dies while cave diving in Florida

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 18:38:00-05

WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man died over the weekend while cave diving at a Tampa Bay area park.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://goo.gl/g6oFMf ) reports that 55-year-old Charles Odom died Sunday at the Eagle's Nest cave in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says Odom and two others were exploring the underwater caves when the others noticed that Odom had gone limp at a depth of about 100 feet. They floated him to the top, where another member of their group who had stayed above spotted Odom's body and pulled him from the water. Rescuer workers responded and pronounced Odom dead at the scene.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death. Investigators will check Odom's dive gear and computer for malfunctions.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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