Drowning

***UPDATE as of 1:30 a.m. on November 27, 2020***

Who:
International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery (IUCRR)
Address: PO Box 1618, High Springs, Florida  

What:
On November 26, 2020 at approximately 9:00 p.m., divers from the International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery (IUCRR) arrived on-scene to assist with the recovery of 30-year-old Trevor Harris from the natural spring, known as the “Blue Sink.”

IUCRR is a volunteer, non-for-profit organization that aids in the rescue and/or recovery of victims in an underwater-overhead environment. IUCRR divers are certified by a recognized cave diving organization to dive in these environments.

Deputies say the divers entered the water at 11:00 p.m. and recovered Harris’ body at about 11:32 p.m. on November 26, 2020 at approximately 122 feet.

The investigation continues.

***END OF UPDATE***

***Original release***

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau  
Special Operations Division
-Dive Team

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

Clearwater Fire & Rescue

Trevor Harris (Victim- Deceased)
DOB: 10/09/1990

What:
Deputies are investigating the drowning of a 30-year-old man in a natural spring in Palm Harbor.

When:
Deputies responded at approximately 1:46 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Where:
The incident occurred in a natural spring, known as the “Blue Sink,” located at 2340 Rolling Oaks Drive in Palm Harbor.

Why/How:
On Thursday, November 26, 2020 at approximately 1:46 p.m., deputies responded to 2340 Rolling Oaks Drive in Palm Harbor after receiving information that a man had drowned in a natural spring.

Once on-scene, deputies learned 30-year-old Trevor Harris had been free-diving in the spring with a snorkel and did not resurface.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue divers attempted to recover Harris but were unable due to the depth and visibility of the water.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team also responded to the location but were unable to recover Harris’ body.

Deputies learned Harris had swam in the natural spring, known as the “Blue Sink,” over fifty times. The spring is approximately 145 feet in depth and is about 600 feet by 800 feet at the bottom.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor and foul play is not suspected.

Next of kin has been notified.

Recovery efforts are still underway as the investigation continues.

Additional updates will be provided when they are available.

Posted by Jessica Mackesy Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:05:00 PM Categories: General News

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