The largest underwater cave in Texas may look inviting to those swimming or playing in the water above, however it has created a fatal allure for divers and thrill-seekers.
Jacob’s Well is a stunning sight to see from the surface, the water deep within the well itself pools out into a natural spring that runs off into Cypress Creek. It has created a fun spot for children and adults to paddle and jump from the surrounding rocks.
However, those who have chose to go deep within the well haven’t always been so lucky. To date at least 8 divers have been killed inside Jacob’s Well when they have got into difficulties while exploring the cave system.
The Fatal Allure Of Jacob’s Well
Divers who dare dive in Jacob’s Well will find a 30 foot shaft before coming to the first chamber. The first chamber angles down about 55 feet and is filled with algae and wildlife.
The second chamber is located 80 feet below the surface and is as far as many divers ever dare to go. This is where you will find the restricted opening to the third chamber and the false chimney, the false chimney appears to be the way out but this ‘fake exit’ actually leads to nowhere, it has claimed at least one life.
The third chamber has a restricted opening with an unstable gravel floor, stir up the silt and you will be left blind in the cave system.
The fourth chamber has barely been explored and is known as a ‘virgin cave’ that has fantastic limestone formations. The cave was explored by three experienced divers in 2000 who found human remains inside, they belonged to a 20 year old Kent Maupin who went missing in the cave system back in 1979. The friend he dived into the cave with, Mark Brashier 21, also died but his body was washed out of the well 2 years later during a flood.
In 1980 a diver named Don Dibble who had helped recover numerous bodies from the well tried to seal off the lower chambers by using a grate of rebar and quick-set cement. Six months after putting the grate up Dibble took a dive back down to check on the grate, it had been removed and a plastic sign left which said ”You can’t keep us out”.