Man dies while illegally diving for golf balls

December 14, 2015

The golf ball recovery business can be very lucrative. In fact, a man recently claimed to have made $15 million diving for golf balls in Florida. Of course, it's not the safest vocation.

In addition to snakes and gators, there's the fact that humans weren't designed to be under water for long periods of time. So even when using scuba gear, accidents happen.

Sadly, the Austin Statesman reported such an incident happening last week. A man was found drowned in a pond at the Star Ranch Golf Course in Hutto, Tex. on Friday.

"He had run out of air and had a lot of weight on him to keep him down," said Capt. Mike Gleason of the Williamson County sheriff's office. "What we speculate is that the water was so cold it probably sent him into shock and he went to sleep."

The man wasn't identified in the report, but his father acknowledged that his son, in his 40s, had a hobby of illegally diving for golf balls and selling them.