In an absolutely heartbreaking case of a Christmas present gone horribly wrong, a Florida father and son who went diving on Wednesday with new gear the teenager received as a holiday gift were found later found dead in an underwater cave.

According to police, 35-year-old Darrin Spivey and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, both drowned after attempting to dive down to Eagle's Nest Sink, a challenging 300-foot deep course. Spivey's fiance, Holly King, called authorities when they failed to return home from their planned trip.

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When deputies arrived to the cave to begin their search, witnesses say they last saw the divers suiting up at around 11:30 a.m. It was't until 8:30 that night that a recovery diver recovered Spivey's body inside a cave 67 feet below the surface. Two other divers were also sent into the caves and found Sanchez's body 127 feet deep.

According to reports, Eagle's Nest is a notoriously dangerous underwater cave, often known as the "Lost Sink." Signs at the site warn patrons that it is an advanced and "potentially life-threatening" dive and should not be taken lightly.

Authorities say Spivey was a certified diver, but not certified to dive in caves, and Sanchez had no certification.

This entire story is tragic beyond words. Though both Spivey and Sanchez must have known the dive was dangerous, the father clearly thought he was capable of handling it and was probably just looking to share a special experience and make memories with his son on the holiday. Instead, it all went horribly wrong. I can't even begin to imagine how devastated their family must be over this loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of their loved ones!

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