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WEEKI WACHEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The bodies of two scuba divers from South Florida have been pulled from an underwater cave in the Tampa Bay area.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called Sunday evening to the Eagle’s Nest dive area in Weeki Wachee about two missing divers.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Denise Moloney says Justin Blakely told the deputies that his two friends, Patrick Peacock and Chris Rittenmeyer, had traveled from Fort Lauderdale to dive with him. Blakely said both were experienced divers familiar with the caves.

Blakely had stayed near the surface, and he alerted authorities several hours after Peacock and Rittenmeyer had been expected to check in.

Moloney says rescue divers located Peacock’s and Rittenmeyer’s bodies Monday in 260 feet of water in “a very dangerous and complex area of the cave system.”

CBS4’s David Sutta did an in depth special report about the dangers of Cave Diving in June 2014 at the Eagle’s Nest dive area. You can find his series of stories here.

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