Over the years we have seen our share of crazy situations including shark frenzies, diving with the third most dangerous shark in the world, handling fish that could send me to the hospital.
While working on our series we learned in cave diving there is really no such thing as a rescue. If something goes wrong, it’s up to you to fix it. If you can’t fix it, a cave diver will eventually recover your body. We heard over and over again there are no rescues. Except for that one guy, in that one place, who pulls off the miracles in Merritt’s Pond.
When you think of exploration, going somewhere no one has never been, you probably think of distant remote places. What if we told you there were parts of Florida being discovered right now. They are underground and for the first time in this report they are being shown to the world.
Thursday CBS4 televised the first report of a series focused on Florida’s cave diving community. Over six months our special projects unit studied the industry extensively. We took cave diving classes and even dove into a number of caves. We set out to take our viewers closer to the sport than ever reported, by being the first television news station to go into caves. It meant putting the reporter and photographer through all the paces. The end result was a better understanding of the sport in all aspects of reporting, shooting, and editing.
The story of Eagles Nest is one that touched me personally. As a father, husband, and an avid diver I could relate to the tragedy that unfolded Christmas Day. Every time I speak about the story I can’t help but think about what happened that day. I continue to wonder what was going through their minds. How could they have avoided this from happening?