Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

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Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Scintilena » Jan 12, 2008 3:16 pm

News from Scintilena http://www.scintilena.com in italian.
In this moment, in Italy at Elefante Bianco Cave, a cave diver from the Czech Republic is missing. He was with two other cave divers from the Czech Republic, but at -45 meters he had ear pain and headed out. The other cavers continued the dive but when they exited, they didn't find the missing cave diver. A rescue team of firemen is looking for the missing diver at -45, and the Speleo and Alpine National Rescue (Corpo Nazionale del Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico - CNSAS) is readying to start with cave divers from northern Italy.
Now it is raining and rescue operation is very hard because water level and current are increasing.
Elefante Bianco is a watercave without air pockets inside. Excuse me for my bad english..

(Additional translation by Wayne H.)

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Re: Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Cheryl Jones » Jan 12, 2008 11:08 pm

:cry: Doesn't sound promising. Very sad.

Thanks for posting, and your English is fine. We're not picky here anyway.

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Re: Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Scintilena » Jan 13, 2008 2:58 pm

Today Rescue team have interrupted the operation for bad atmosferic condition and no visibility in water. Near the Subiolo Lake, rescue team of Veneto cave divers are whaiting for better condition to continue the operation of rescue, maybe tomorrow. No possibily of find the missing alive. Is very sad.
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Re: Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Juergen » Jan 16, 2008 6:46 am

In the German caving forum I've just read that a diving robot has located the dead body at -28meters, under the roof of the big under-water-hall. A cave diver (Alberto Cavedon) will try to move the body alone to the main cave, where other divers will take over.

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Re: Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Juergen » Jan 17, 2008 2:30 am

In the meantime the body of the diver has been brought to the surface.
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Re: Italy - Cave diver is missing at Elefante Bianco Cave

Postby Scintilena » Jan 19, 2008 5:58 am

Recovered the speleosub body in the Elefante Bianco Cave
Notizia del 18 Gennaio 2008
http://www.scintilena.com/english/2008/01/18/recovered-the-speleosub-body-in-the-white-elephant/
News from the CNSAS press national coordinator Mauro Guiducci; abstract and translation by Annalisa Basili

The Czech speleosub body, disappeared Sunday in the submerged cave “White Elephant” in the little pond of Subiolo in Valstagna (VI - Italy) has been detected and recovered Tuesday evening thanks to a submerged robot that followed the indications of Alberto Cavedon (CNSAS Committee Speleosub technician). The man has effected more than 300 immersions in the underwater cave and he knows this cave really well. The speleologist experience has brought the rescuers to choose to make to go up the robot toward a ceiling of the rooms where in fact the body has been sighted. Cavedon dipped alone, he has reached the dead speleosub, he has brought him up to around -45 meters and he has tied him with the lead lines not to make him drag away from the flood, then he has removed from the old abandoned lead lines dangerous for other speleosub passages (because can confuse the orientation in the cave). Then the CNSAS technical has returned in surface and the firemen have recovered the body. The integral news in Italian http://www.scintilena.com/recuperato-il-corpo-dello-speleosub-allelefante-bianco/01/16/
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