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Largo teen, 17, second from Tampa Bay to die while diving in quarry near Ocala

Trey Austin Dagwan Cardoza, 17, of Largo, died Tuesday after deputeis say he cliff-dove into an inactive lime rock mining quarry in Ocala. [Marion County Sheriff's Office]
Published Jul. 12, 2017

A Largo teen has died after cliff diving in a lime rock mining quarry north of downtown Ocala, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the scene at 3:45 p.m. Monday after someone called 911 and said they saw 17-year-old Trey Austin Dagwan Cardozo dive into the water but not come back up.

A sheriff's lieutenant entered the water and pulled Cardozo out. The teen was pronounced dead Tuesday at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

It was unclear if Cardozo was gravely injured by the jump or struggled to swim once in the water. The cause of death was under investigation by the District 5 Medical Examiner's Office, according to a sheriff's Facebook post.

Cardozo is the second person — and the second Tampa Bay area teen — to have died while diving in a lime rock quarry in Marion County this summer, according to the Sheriff's Office. Zachary Newton, 18, of Tampa died May 27 when he drowned in another, nearby quarry lake inside the Hardrock Cycle Park. Newton was an honors student and a lineman and "senior to watch" on King High School's football team.

Earlier Monday, before Cardozo's accident, Marion deputies arrested 13 other people on charges of trespassing on private property after they were found swimming in yet another inactive lime rock quarry in Ocala. In all cases, the Sheriff's Office said, the swimmers were motivated by videos posted on social media of others diving in local quarries.

For others considering the activity, the Sheriff's Office had a warning: "Cliff diving and swimming in these areas is extremely dangerous and has taken the lives of two young adults with promising, bright futures this summer already."


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