Cave diver and underwater cinematographer Wes Skiles dies

Wes Skiles, a renowned explorer and underwater photographer / cinematographer, died yesterday while diving off of Boynton Beach, Florida. According to local papers, Wes signaled to other divers that he was ascending. Details are spotty, but he was later found at the bottom of the reef, motionless.

Wes’ photography and work is featured in this month’s National Geographic article on Bahamas Blue Holes. His beautiful cover shot shows two divers exploring a beautifully-lit limestone cave.

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NPR did a story about Wes this morning. It’s a nice piece and includes a slideshow of the photos from the current issue of National Geographic.

There is also a notice of a memorial celebration and service.