Just after midnight on Tuesday morning a cave diver became distressed during a dive into the main cave at Blue Springs Recreational Area. The diver was properly certified and had registered at the Sheriff’s office as is required of all divers. The diver apparently became distressed after going only a short distance into the cave. Equipment malfunction or some health problem is suspected as being a possible cause. An autopsy will be performed to help determine what happened.
The unfortunate diver was identified as Joell Tubbs, age 41, of Oakmans, Alabama.
UPDATE: Through conversation with Edd Sorenson the Jackson County Times has learned that the diver was suffering from chest pains and indigestion during the day prior to his fatal dive. It is suspected he developed a heart problem during the initial dive.