February 14th, 2011
03:09 AM ET

2 University of Florida students die exploring Georgia cave

A state medical examiner will try to determine the cause of death of two University of Florida students who died over the weekend while exploring a cave in northwest Georgia.

Michael Pirie, 18, and Grant Lockenbach, 20, both died Saturday of what appears to be hypothermia, David Ashburn, director of Walker County emergency services, said late Sunday. Autopsies will be conducted, he said.

"Both passed away in Ellison's Cave in Walker County and their bodies are at the state medical examiner's office now," Ashburn said. "We think Grant went down first and Michael went down to help him."

Their bodies were removed from the cave late Saturday, he said.


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  1. Richard

    Now we'll here from all the nanny-state liberals: Ban, regulate, restrict access. All because Darwin claimed two more people.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spaceracer

    "...night comes, freezer mode"

    I wonder what that means. They were deep underground. Night would not have affected them even 1 degree.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Effn Reality!!!!!

    Simply put.
    "Man's got to know his limitations".

    February 14, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Genesis

    Making disrespectful comments about lives that have been lost is a price you alone will have to pay. that's between u and God. Don't get it twisted bc I could come at u hard but I'd like to give my parents credit for raising an educated respectful young lady! its simple. people like u are people "normal" people in the right cnt understand and we need not to because its simple. when u have a phsycological problem confusing imaturity w/ wits...u really have a problem.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. jarre bb

    When I was about that age I was walking a trail by myself. Wanted to see what was 'just over that small hill' and was lost for three hours. Haven't criticized the curious since. It happens quick.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Genesis

    To beezo. Not every african american is on welfare making babies. some of us...such as myself are RN's and are married with no kids! and for the record take a good look in the mirror cuz if im not mistaken there are alotof people paying thousands of dollars to get the "african american" look. our lips, our bust size, our butts, our high cheeks, our color. and do u know how many white people are on welfare! check yourself cuz you answer to A BLACK PRESIDENT! and a God who takes no bull ish. get it together.

    February 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      Don't waste your time debating a ten-year-old like beepo. By now he's looking at p0rn on his mom's computer.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. beezo

    Where the fk did my comment go

    February 14, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      We deleted you, dim wit.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Genesis

    To breezo check yourself because u answer to A BLACK PRESIDENT! every african american isnt on welfare. some of us are reginal nurses with no kids. alot of us are paying for alot of white peoples health insurrance! and this was before the economy got bad. there are welfare offices in the suburbs too genius!

    February 14, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      The answer to the question you didn't ask is, yes, most welfare recipients are white, and most unwed mothers on welfare live in the midwest and have blonde hair and blue eyes. Inner-cities are full of people on welfare, and they aren't half of the national welfare roll. The average person is on welfare less than ten years. Yes, most of what you hear is bull spouted by people who want your votes.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. truth fighter

    A typical dumb azz red neck

    February 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • beezo

      Wrong, my neck is yellow.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Genesis

    What are u like 19...20? it was your peoples job to teach us! u stole us! u are so dense. i feel sorry 4 u. go get a history lesson. if i recall correctly slave owners were raping the women! um...u dnt want us...but u sleep with us...and your wives seem to want badly to be us. thats odd. african american children are the most high populated for being molested and its common to be by whites. nothing personal to anyone on here at all bc everyone isnt mentally sick! but breezo get educated. u sound rediculous. shouldnt u be at your job or something? or are u in high school cutting class?

    February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. truth fighter

    This is why we will never be able to stand up against the gov. who is screwing all of us both po whites and po blacks because of all the prejudice against each other and the gov. know it and encourage it.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Genesis

    Ps breezo a "hoe" is a garden tool. get it together.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      breezo's mom is a garden tool.

      February 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Genesis

    Every race has issues. no race is perfect and thats the truth. growing up i wasnt proud of my race but then i realized no race is perfect. It is what it is.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. beezo

    I said HO not hoe stupid

    February 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Genesis

    u have really made me laugh today. i guess when u dnt know a person and they try to upset and it doesnt work u just get a laugh out of it.:-) i really have.

    February 14, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
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