Woman rescued from Ginnie Springs dies

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:01 p.m.

A 20-year-old student from Atlanta who survived a near drowning at Ginnie Springs on June 14 was pronounced dead Monday morning at Shands at the University of Florida.

Shannon Lewis, 20, had been diving with two other people attracted by the caves at the privately owned springs. Investigators said Lewis was apparently having problems with her equilibrium underwater. She had returned to the entrance of a cave to try to resolve the problem while the two other divers went back into the cave. What happened in her moments alone at the entrance to the underwater cave is unknown.

A diving instructor who was preparing to float down the river found Lewis pressed up against two submerged logs at the cave entrance. The instructor along with a physician, a retired respiratory therapist and others trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation worked on Lewis until an ambulance arrived.

Family members said a memorial service for Lewis will be held in the future.

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