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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 07:20 PM

Exploration of underwater New Mexico cave turns deadly

Source: Associated Press

Mar 31, 6:37 PM EDT

Exploration of underwater New Mexico cave turns deadly

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and PAUL DAVENPORT
Associated Press

An experienced California diver who was helping with the exploration of the narrow underwater passageways that radiate from a well-known swimming hole in eastern New Mexico has died, authorities confirmed Thursday.

The initial investigation suggests 43-year-old Shane Thompson's death below the Blue Hole, a tourist destination in the community of Santa Rosa, was an accidental drowning.

Police Chief Jude Gallegos said Thompson was among 10 or so people from the ADM Exploration Foundation who were at Blue Hole for a multiple-day exploration. The group had been working on surveying the underwater cave system since 2013.

Thompson dove into Blue Hole on March 26 with another experienced diver, Mike Young, Gallegos said. They planned to have Young enter part of the cave system while Thompson stayed outside in a safety role.



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The “Blue Hole” is a cave in New Mexico that has never been fully explored or documented.



Blue Hole Scuba Dive, Santa Rosa, NM



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csziggy Apr 2016 #1

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Fri Apr 1, 2016, 02:38 AM

1. Cave diving is extremely dangerous

There are a couple of deaths a year in Florida from people diving into sinkholes to explore the cave systems linked to them. Most of the deaths are from divers without cave diving training. I'm surprised at the death of an experienced diver with a second experienced diver monitoring her.

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