Divers Body Found 150' Below Surface At Eagles Nest Dive Area

Weeki Wachee,Fla. (970 WFLA)-A civilian dive team has found and was able to retrieve  the body of a diver who went missing Wednesday evening at Eagle's Nest while attempting a free dive.  The victim has been identified as 20 year old Said Marjane. 

According to the Hernando Sheriff's office, Marjane, and five friends, arrived at Eagle's Nest at 3 pm Wednesday.  The group of six completed between 15-20 free dives over the course of several hours.  

During a free dive, divers commonly wear wetsuits, masks, fins and weight belts, but do not utilize air tanks. 

During the last dive, Marjane told friends he was going to attempt a max breath dive to see how long he could stay submerged.  Marjane descended with another diver, Jacob Fernandez, for safety. 

Fernandez said he descended to a depth of 80 feet before returning to the surface.  When Marjane failed to resurface, his friends began to dive in search of him.  They called 911 after they were unable to locate Marjane after a few minutes. 

First responders were unable to locate Marjane.  A few hours later a civilian dive team responded and was able to locate Marjane at a depth of 150 feet. The divers brought Marjane to the surface where he was pronounced deceased by the medical staff on scene.  

Marjane's body is now at the Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg.

Eagle's Nest is a popular but dangerous spot for cave diving, and there have been more than ten deaths there since 1981.

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