Cave Diving Part 3: The Miracle In Merritt’s Pond

Taking our test.  Photojournalist Kyle Hall and Reporter David Sutta taking their cavern class test.
CBS Cave Diving-100 Taking our test. Photojournalist Kyle Hall and Reporter David Sutta taking their cavern class test.
Crystal clear Jackson Blue Springs.  We did our cavern training in the crystal clear waters of Jackson Blue, in Marianna, Florida.
CBS Cave Diving-108 Crystal clear Jackson Blue Springs. We did our cavern training in the crystal clear waters of Jackson Blue, in Marianna, Florida.
Trying to warm up!  It’s a high of 47 degrees on this day.  Cave divers typically use dry suits.  We were not trained for that though and had to go with wetsuits.  Cold.  Wet.  Suits.
CBS Cave Diving-110 Trying to warm up! It’s a high of 47 degrees on this day. Cave divers typically use dry suits. We were not trained for that though and had to go with wetsuits. Cold. Wet. Suits.
Full Face Masks.  Underwater we wear OTS full face masks.  They allows us to speak to each other and also record conversations underwater for our story.  Without our underwater series would be quite quiet!
CBS Cave Diving-113 Full Face Masks. Underwater we wear OTS full face masks. They allows us to speak to each other and also record conversations underwater for our story. Without our underwater series would be quite quiet!
Underwater Director and Camera Becky Kagan Schott giving final instructions before we start shooting in Merritt’s Mill Pond
CBS Cave Diving-116 Underwater Director and Camera Becky Kagan Schott giving final instructions before we start shooting in Merritt’s Mill Pond
Cave Diving Shop.  Edd Sorenson started his cave diving operation as more of a hobby.  He bought a home on the springs, installed a high end compressor to fill his tanks and was happy.  Soon everyone started knocking on his door for air fills and cave diving insight.
CBS Cave Diving-117 Cave Diving Shop. Edd Sorenson started his cave diving operation as more of a hobby. He bought a home on the springs, installed a high end compressor to fill his tanks and was happy. Soon everyone started knocking on his door for air fills and cave diving insight.
Lined up.  The view from the back of Cave Adventurers shop.  The boat can be rented out for divers to explore the wonders of Merritt’s Mill Pond.
CBS Cave Diving-118 Lined up. The view from the back of Cave Adventurers shop. The boat can be rented out for divers to explore the wonders of Merritt’s Mill Pond.
Stop Sign #45.  We saw these signs everywhere.
CBS Cave Diving-120 Stop Sign #45. We saw these signs everywhere.
Re-enactment briefing.  Edd Sorenson running our team through the rescue he did in 2012.  The team would reenact it later that day.
CBS Cave Diving-122 Re-enactment briefing. Edd Sorenson running our team through the rescue he did in 2012. The team would reenact it later that day.
Re-enactment briefing.  Edd Sorenson running our team through the rescue he did in 2012.  The team would reenact it later that day.
CBS Cave Diving-123 Re-enactment briefing. Edd Sorenson running our team through the rescue he did in 2012. The team would reenact it later that day.
Cold!  Diana Molnar (our actress!) and Director Becky Kagan Schott bundled up as temperatures slip into the 30’s.  We shot the series during the coldest days of the winter in Florida.
CBS Cave Diving-125 Cold! Diana Molnar (our actress!) and Director Becky Kagan Schott bundled up as temperatures slip into the 30’s. We shot the series during the coldest days of the winter in Florida.
Loaded up.  Just the camera gear loaded onto one of the boats.
CBS Cave Diving-126 Loaded up. Just the camera gear loaded onto one of the boats.
CBS4 Assistant News Director Nick Bourne spent a week field producer our series.  A veteran camera man he shot some of the exceptional top side scenes.
CBS Cave Diving-127 CBS4 Assistant News Director Nick Bourne spent a week field producer our series. A veteran camera man he shot some of the exceptional top side scenes.
Gearing up.  Cameraman/techman/superhero David Schott gearing up for our shoot in Merritt’s Pond.  He’s got a dry suit on.
CBS Cave Diving-129 Gearing up. Cameraman/techman/superhero David Schott gearing up for our shoot in Merritt’s Pond. He’s got a dry suit on.
Merritt’s Mill Pond.  It seemed sometimes to be out of a movie.
CBS Cave Diving-132 Merritt’s Mill Pond. It seemed sometimes to be out of a movie.
Twin Cave entrance.  The entrance to the stunning and quite dangerous Twin Caves is just off this dock.
CBS Cave Diving-133 Twin Cave entrance. The entrance to the stunning and quite dangerous Twin Caves is just off this dock.
Twin Cave.  Another shot of the entrance to twin cave.
CBS Cave Diving-134 Twin Cave. Another shot of the entrance to twin cave.
Going in.  Director Becky Kagan Schott lowers her underwater camera into the water at Twin Caves.
CBS Cave Diving-135 Going in. Director Becky Kagan Schott lowers her underwater camera into the water at Twin Caves.
Photojournalist Kyle Hall getting some above water shots before suiting up to go underwater.
CBS Cave Diving-136 Photojournalist Kyle Hall getting some above water shots before suiting up to go underwater.
Stay warm!  Nick Bourne, who was shooting topside the entire time, is smiling but inside he’s completely frozen.  In the lower 40’s at this point and the wind is blowing.
CBS Cave Diving-137 Stay warm! Nick Bourne, who was shooting topside the entire time, is smiling but inside he’s completely frozen. In the lower 40’s at this point and the wind is blowing.
Emmy award winning photographer Kyle Hall.
CBS Cave Diving-140 Emmy award winning photographer Kyle Hall.
Our actress Diana Molnar getting ready to go in for our reenactment.
CBS Cave Diving-146 Our actress Diana Molnar getting ready to go in for our reenactment.
Visibility disappearing as the crew jumps in the water.  It was amazing to see how fast conditions changed with something a simple as a flip of a fin.
CBS Cave Diving-150 Visibility disappearing as the crew jumps in the water. It was amazing to see how fast conditions changed with something a simple as a flip of a fin.
Visibility disappearing as the crew jumps in the water.  It was amazing to see how fast conditions changed with something a simple as a flip of a fin.
CBS Cave Diving-151 Visibility disappearing as the crew jumps in the water. It was amazing to see how fast conditions changed with something a simple as a flip of a fin.
Cave Diving rescuer Edd Sorenson surfacing with Diana during the reenactment.
CBS Cave Diving-155 Cave Diving rescuer Edd Sorenson surfacing with Diana during the reenactment.
Director/Underwater Photographer Becky Kagan Schott surfacing after a successful shoot.
CBS Cave Diving-160 Director/Underwater Photographer Becky Kagan Schott surfacing after a successful shoot.
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