The Latest: Number more exploration planned at famed Blue Hole

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:42 AM

m. Executive declare number more exploration is planned of the underwater cave system at New Mexico'south famed Blue Hole.

The Latest: Number more exploration planned at famed Blue Hole

The Latest on the death of a diver at New Mexico'south Blue Hole (all times local):

3:40 p. m.

Executive declare number more exploration is planned of the underwater cave system at New Mexico'south famed Blue Hole.

Santa Rosa City Manager Timothy Dodge said Thursday he was briefed by the team of elite divers who surveyed the maze of caves below the swimming hole. They recommended number more exploration was needed and that the area stay off-limits to the public.

One of the divers who was helping with the survey, 43-year-old Shane Thompson, died latest week while he and another experienced diver were about one hundred sixty feet below the surface.

Authorities declare the initial investigation suggests it was an accidental drowning, but it'll be weeks before autopsy results are released.

Dodge says the team of divers covered and locked the grate at the bottom of the swimming hole to prevent anyone from going beyond the area that'south open for recreation.

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2:15 p. m.

Authorities declare an experienced CA diver who was helping with the exploration of the underwater passageways that radiate from a famous swimming hole in eastern NM has died.

The initial investigation suggests 43-year-old Shane Thompson'south death below the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa was an accidental drowning.

Police Chief Jude Gallegos says Thompson was among a grouping from the ADM Exploration Foundation who were at Blue Hole for a multiple-day exploration. The grouping has been working on surveying the underwater cave system since 2013.

Thompson dove into Blue Hole on March twenty-six with another experienced diver, Mike Young. Gallegos says something happened when the divers were about one hundred sixty feet below the surface.

The chief says it'south still unclear what went incorrect and autopsy results are expected to take weeks.

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