Man pulled from springs dies

PDL Springs
Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 05:54 PM.

A man who was pulled from Ponce de Leon Springs on Saturday has died.

The Holmes County Sheriff's Office identified the man as David Allen McCartt, 50, of DeFuniak Springs.

Witnesses report McCartt was seen easing himself into the water from a sitting postion shortly before the incident.

Destin resident Cynthia Foss, who was at the springs with family from Bonifay, says she was the first to administer CPR.

"None of us really saw him struggle," said Foss. He just sort of slide in, and the next time I saw him, he was being pulled from the water. A park ranger said he was pulled from the underwater cave, which is a good 20 feet below the surface."

McCartt was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he died Monday.

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