Horrific Truth You Need To Know About Popular Texas Swimming Hole
It's one of the most iconic places to take a day trip in Texas. A swimming hole known as Jacob's Well is guaranteed to be on any Texas summer day trip list. You may recognize it as the photo with crystal clear water with a massive hole that goes so deep it's just a black abyss at the bottom.
MORE DANGEROUS AND DARKER THAN IT APPEARS
Texans dive off rocks into Jacob's Well for a rush of adrenaline and a picture-perfect photo for your social feeds. However, this swimming hole is a lot darker than it appears.
It is one of the most dangerous and intricate underwater cave systems. The well has 4 different chambers which get increasingly more difficult to get through the deeper you go.
1st Chamber: 30-55 feet (for amatuer divers)
2nd Chamber: 55-80 feet (novice divers)
3rd Chamber: 80-90 feet (expert divers)
4th Chamber: 90+ feet (not safe for any level diver)
GETTING INTO THE FOURTH CHAMBER
No one knows what the fourth chamber looks like because no one has ever come out alive. In order to get inside the fourth chamber, you must remove your air tanks, push them into the chamber, and wiggle your way through. Divers who have attempted to make their way into the very last chamber have never come out alive, and the majority have never come out at all.
COLLEGE STUDENTS TAKE A DIVE
Back in 1983, Richard Patton and Clark McConnell, two college students and experienced divers went to Jacob's Well to explore the fourth chamber. As they dove deeper and deeper going from the first, second, and third chamber. Once they made it to the entrance of the fourth chamber things went terribly wrong.
They pried open a gate that was at the front of the entrance for the fourth chamber. Richard Patton went first, removing his tank, pushing it inside the fourth chamber, then wiggled his way inside the narrow chamber.
INSIDE THE FOURTH CHAMBER
Richard made it inside the fourth chamber but then quickly begins to wiggle his way back out of the chamber toward his buddy Clark. Alarmed, Clark noticed Richard swimming toward him screaming, desperately trying to frantically get out of the narrow entrance of the fourth chamber, and that's when he realized Richard did not have his mouthpiece or scuba tank.
Clark begins to desperately try to pull his buddy out of the narrow chamber. Once he pops out the two begin buddy breathing, one diver breaths while the other holds their breath, something is only done in emergencies.
DESPERATELY SWIMMING TOWARDS THE SURFACE
Swimming as quickly as they can upwards towards the surface they made it out of the third chamber, then continue swimming out of the second chamber, when suddenly they hit their heads. The two men realize they had just swam down a false chimney, what's even worse they hear an awful 'thunk' sound coming from the tank, signaling they are out of air.
ALONE IN TOTAL DARKNESS
Clark had taken a full breath right before the air depleted, immediately turns and makes his way out of the false chimney and makes his way out of the well, however, Richard was not as lucky.
The final few moments Richard experienced were in total darkness as he desperately tries to find the surface. When his body was removed from the water he was found jammed up at the very end of the false chimney.
DEAD BODIES STILL REMAIN UNDERNEATH
After about a dozen divers drowned trying to explore the bottom of Jacob's Well, the fourth chamber was finally sealed up for good. However, the bodies of the divers could not be safely removed and are still trapped in the well.