Airman found dead at Florida Springs identified

Airman First Class Christopher O'Brien (Facebook/WTXL)

The Airman assigned to Moody Air Force Base that was reported dead after visiting one of the most popular natural springs in Florida has been identified.

According to base officials,  25-year-old Airman First Class Christopher O’Brien was off duty at Ginnie Springs when he died.  Officials said he was a pararescue apprentice at Moody Air Force base and was off-duty at the time of his death.

O’Brien was a master diver and apparently died while free diving at the popular spring. He was found underwater and unresponsive, according to WTXL.

The Spring is located on private property in Gilchrist County and is about two hours from Moody Air Force base.

The park is a popular destination for camping, canoeing, tubing, free diving and snorkeling.  Its close proximity to Gainesville, Florida makes it a popular place for University of Florida students on the weekend.

Ginnie Springs
Ginnie Springs (Wikipedia Commons)

“It is a great loss to us all when we lose a member of our Air Force family. Team Moody and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to family and friends during this difficult time,” said Col. Thomas Kunkel, 23d Wing commander.

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