Boy, 16, Dead After Diving at Dutch Springs Saturday

Royersford teen was scuba diving with his father at the Lower Nazareth water adventure park.

A 16-year-old boy died Saturday at  following an incident at Dutch Springs scuba diving and aqua park in Lower Nazareth Township.

An autopsy was performed this morning on Kyle Kulp of Royersford. Kulp was diving with his father and a group, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. Grim said determination of the cause and manner of death is pending an investigation and toxicology test results.

Dozens of friends are posting messages of condolence about Kyle on a Facebook page created in his memory. Funeral services for the teen are planned for Friday.

This is the third death in five years stemming from a diving accident at Dutch Springs.

Divers can descend as deep as 100 feet in the spring-fed quarry that draws thousands of adventurers every year.

In 2009, Paula Brodie, 47, of White Haven, Pa., drowned at the park. Her death was ruled an accident. At the time, Grim said Brodie suffered a brain injury due to lack of oxygen caused by the accident.

The following details were reported by the Easton Express-Times:

Brodie's dive partner said they had gone down 10 to 15 feet when Brodie became distressed. Upon surfacing, Brodie was having trouble breathing even when her partner tried to give her oxygen. Her partner then called for help. Brodie had 10 months of diving experience.

Two men were hospitalized in separate diving incidents in 2008 but both recovered. There were two deaths at Dutch Springs in 2007.

HCA May 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM
All speculation until we know cause of death? At only 15' with no duration? Rules out a lot of things. Panic assent from 15' can cause lung expansion issues but fatal? Anybody that is not a diver has no clue and should get educated before commenting on the relative safety of scuba, seriously, you're clueless! To those who dive: take a rescue diver course, get your shop to run a rrescue refresher course. I've been diving 40 years and instruct. I really want to know the cause of this tragic death so I can educate current and future divers especially if the reason was preventable.
Susan October 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM
I am his mother's best friend. He died because he did not have enough air in his tank. Spoon whose fault is that. Great boy dead young ...hopefully in a better place. Love u Kyle and happy early birthday
Susan October 29, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Hca...any possibility this was on purpose? Many things going on here contact me. Susansherry0123@yahoo.com
Lee Snover July 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Very sorry for the family and this young man. Diving is risky business. Sounds like this could be a combination of factors. Prayers to you all.
Greg Mahnke August 22, 2013 at 01:51 AM
The only one responsible for the amount of air in his tank is the one with the gauge. That would be the diver who should have checked it before entering the water after getting in and should be monitoring it constantly. That air is life. And If the editor is a diver why does the article say his partner tried giving him oxygen before calling for help. There is a big difference between air and oxygen and any diver knows that. This is a tragic loss for all involved but we all know its risky and that risk level depends on the divers actions 99% of the time.


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