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1 diver dead, another missing at Buford Springs, first responders say

Emergency crews are searching for the second person.

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — Firefighters and deputies responded to a deadly diving incident Wednesday at Buford Springs, located north of Weeki Wachee, in Hernando County.

Hernando County Fire Rescue confirmed there were two divers involved, and one has been pronounced dead. A spokesperson said a search was underway for the second diver.

No further details were immediately released.

"We are aware of this incident and assisting the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office," an FWC spokesperson said.

There are underwater caverns in the area, which is a common spot for divers.

Buford Springs is located inside the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. 

Owner of Diver City Scuba Kyle Wybel says divers know that Buford Springs is dangerous when they plan their visits. 

"You actually have to...sign a waiver that says you have these particular certifications and that you understand the inherent risks of it before you go diving there," Wybel said.

Wybel is an experienced diver and dive instructor. He says with proper training, equipment, and experience, you should be able to safely take in the beauty of Buford Springs. 

"It's just kind of peaceful and quiet, and it's something that not a lot of people do," he said. 

But he warned...it can be dangerous. 

"Panic can set in if you're in a situation that you have not been trained for," he said. "That's when bad things go down."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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