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Body recovered after man drowns in Palm Harbor natural spring

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff”s Office are investigating the drowning of 30-year-old Trevor Harris in a natural spring in Palm Harbor.

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

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Deputies responded on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at approximately 1:46 p.m. after receiving information that a man had drowned in a natural spring.

Once on-scene, deputies learned that 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.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., divers from the International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery (IUCRR) arrived on-scene to assist with the body recovery.

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.

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.


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