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Monday, June 09, 2008

Cave diver dies at Blue Springs near Marianna

Published: June 9, 2008
A diver died at Blue Springs Recreational Area near Marianna early Monday morning.

The diver has been identified as Joel Mitchell Tubbs of Oakmans, Ala., located near Jasper in the northwest portion of the state. No findings have been determined yet on specific cause of his death. He was 41 years old, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A portion of Blue Springs is leased by the county from the state to provide recreational activities for area residents. The swimming and recreation area are closed on Monday.


Anonymous said...

As tragic as this death is, there are many divers that have lost their lives in the various springs and caves of Merritts Mill Pond. The cave and spring at Blue Springs Recreation area are known as the big spring, a main feeder of Merritts Mill Pond and Spring Creek. Along with Twin Caves, Shangri La Spring and other smaller caves and springs. Over the course of 30 years living in Marianna, I have known of many divers losing their lives in these caves and springs. We grew up on the Mill Pond, exploring all it's secrets. Merritts Mill Pond is a glorious body of water. It is so tragic that lives are lost in the pursuit of wonder and beauty.

warren and carol said...

So tragic that lives are lost in the search for beauty and wonder.