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Bizarre "tourist" death in world's deepest known cave
« on: August 05, 2021, 10:16:38 am »
The following has just appeared on Cavers of Facebook. The translation is poor (probably by Google?) but the the story is truly bizarre:

Russian speleologists found the body of a man in the Verevkin cave in Abkhazia.
According to the suggestion of Russian speleologists who discovered a man's body in the cave of Verevkin, the tragedy could occur in summer or autumn 2020
SUHUM, Aug 4-Sputnik, Badri Esiava. Russian speleologists found the body of a man in the Verevkin cave in Abkhazia at a depth of about 1100 meters, Sputnik told a member of the board of the Union of Speleologists of Russia Yevgeny Breakkov.
′′ On August 3, at 4:00 a speleological group of the Perov club from Moscow, which has been working in the Verevkin cave, found the body of a tourist. First they saw some rope on the entrance well, found some things in the cave, and at a depth of 1100 meters on the rope hung the human body ", he said.
According to Snedkov, it was possible to determine that the deceased was a tourist by his equipment, which did not correspond to the complexity of the cave and route. The man could not have enough strength and experience to overcome a difficult plot.
Moreover, he emphasized, descent into such caves alone is a gross violation of safety equipment. Speleologists have not found any identification documents. Sneedkov suggested that the tragedy most likely occurred in summer or fall last year.
The Union of Speleologists of Russia informed the Ministry of Emergencies of Abkhazia about the detection of a human body in the Verevkin cave.
′′ It is necessary to find the documents and relatives of this person. They need to say what to do next. Usually try to pull the body to the surface, but from such depths it is very difficult to do so. This will require between 50 and 100 qualified speleologists. There are quite dangerous places and plots in the cave where it is simply impossible to drag stretchers with a body ", said Snedkov.
He added that the members of the Union of Speleologists of Russia are preparing for departure to Abkhazia if they are asked by rescuers of the Republic.
In August 2020, speleologist Pavel Demidov died when descending into a cave on Mount Arbaik. His body was removed from a depth of about 300 meters. As Sneedkov told, in that case the task was not from lungs either, but not that much.
The Verevkin cave, located on the Gagra ridge in Abkhazia, is considered the deepest in the world. In 2018, during the next expedition, Russian speleologists descended to the mark of 2212 meters.

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2021, 01:29:58 pm »
That is a very bizarre story!
And makes me grateful that tourists around here only manage to get stuck in Thors cave and Giants, and not 1100m deep......

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2021, 01:44:56 pm »
Suicide?

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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2021, 01:50:11 pm »
Suicide?

Bit of effort to go 1.1km deep, solo, for that. From the sound of the article it makes it seem nearly impossible for them to have made it on their own.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2021, 01:52:46 pm »
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Suicide?

Or just a candidate for the Darwin awards?

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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2021, 01:59:23 pm »
I suppose it makes a change from 'accidentally' falling out of a high window while tying one's shoe laces.

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2021, 05:34:48 pm »
My hunch is that most of the cave was left rigged, and this was someone with a little experience who maybe rigged the entrance pitch or that and a few more, carried on, and bit off more than they could chew. Perhaps they were hit by a flood pulse - or became exhausted after a trip further down the cave?

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2021, 07:22:31 pm »
I was going on the fact that he appeared to be alone, with no call out - or friends to report him missing.  Otherwise I would have thought there would have been a search and rescue effort.  Anyway a sad do.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2021, 08:53:22 pm »
Yes indeed.

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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2021, 12:17:58 pm »
Reminds me of the story in One Man One Pan where the explorers met some locals who had shimmied down their rope only to realise it was further and sheerer than they thought resulting in nasty rope burns and their having to be rescued by the explorers!

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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2021, 01:34:33 pm »
Presumably they'd have seen "For your eyes only" and known that James Bond at least can prussik up ropes with shoelaces, how they must have cursed their wellies, while waiting for rescue
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2021, 03:05:55 pm »
Reminds me of the story in One Man One Pan where the explorers met some locals who had shimmied down their rope only to realise it was further and sheerer than they thought resulting in nasty rope burns and their having to be rescued by the explorers!

Ah my all time favourite caving book (sorry Dave).  I've done that pitch in Anlong (several times) and it is 150m deep, most of it down a very steep calcite flow but vertical closer to the bottom.  An amazing story.

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2021, 12:19:21 pm »
I am working on the prequel - it'll be much shorter but with some of the same protagonists including the late inimitable Bob Lewis. MS is completed but I continually revising the drafts maps etc. It will be an illustrated memoir of the Iran 77 trip made from the contemporaneous daily log I kept plus retrospective observations and researches.  Mike Adams who wrote one man one pan works now as a dentist in Penzance by the way.

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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2021, 10:07:23 pm »
One Man One Pan brought back strong memories of China!


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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2021, 08:03:47 pm »
We had the same problem in Outer Mongolia, locals could get down the ropes but not back up.

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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2021, 09:09:06 am »
Never mind Outer Mongolia, we've had that happen in Derbyshire...
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2021, 11:50:30 am »
More details are found in the Russian Spelo Society (RSS) statement here https://vk.com/@rsspeleo-v-peschere-verevkina-proizoshlo-chp

Basically, a lone tourist from Sochi (Russia), researched the cave plans, found out about the permanent rigging and camps inside, and managed to descent to -380, then -600 where he spent a week (!) in a camp. He only had a rack and couple of ascenders, apparently with no foot loop. After a week in camp he started to move down, when he reached -1100 and apparently got stuck on rather complex rebelays and diversions that bypass water.

That's a really terrible story and every single sentence in the article screams "why, how". The operation to recover the body is going to be extremely complex due to its advanced decomposition and depth. More drastic implications are obvious to anyone involved in rescue operations...

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2021, 12:01:06 pm »
I'm sure others are thinking it, so I'll say it. I know it didn't end well, but you've got to give some credit to the guy for his sense of adventure and getting that far!

Imagine what someone like that might have achieved with a little support from a club!

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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2021, 03:50:58 pm »
The report comes out quite well in Google translate. well worth copying and pasting the Russian for those who are interested.

It reminds me of the tragic Maurice Wilson, who died trying to solo Everest without proper gear in 1934.

He had two kids and a wife. Very sad.


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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2021, 04:15:35 pm »
The report comes out quite well in Google translate.

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On August 4, 2021, the expedition of the Perovsky Club (headed by A. Barashkov) discovered the body of an unknown person at a depth of 1100m. The victim was hanging on the railing  on two zhumars on a long mustache  without stirrups, 3 meters from the bottom of the ledge, in a camouflage (hb?) Overalls, trekking boots. Judging by the state of the body, death occurred a long time ago (about a year ago). On the ledge under him lay a transport vehicle (tackle bag), in which they found 2 mobile phones in herme and a multitool.

Also, a rope was hung at the entrance well with a gross violation of the CPT rules (through the ledge to the old bolt). A backpack with moldy sneakers, new Petzl crampons, trekking poles were found at the bottom of the entrance well. No documents found.

On August 4, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia wrote a statement on behalf of the RCC about the find.

On August 5, with the help of the search organization "Liza Alert" and the orientation of the Abkhazian Ministry of Internal Affairs, they found an announcement of a missing person in November 2020 in Abkhazia. The photographs of the items were shown by the alleged relative who identified the items.

There was a photo of a person on the phone's SIM card, similar to the photo from the missing announcement.

On August 5, representatives of the Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia went up to the cave.

To date, such a version of events is emerging (the version is preliminary, inaccuracies and errors are possible)

On November 1, 2020, a resident of the village of Veseloe, Sochi District, Sergei K. (37 years old, married, 2 children), having said goodbye to his relatives and without saying where he was going, he drove to Abkhazia in his car. Then he climbed Arabica, hung a rope and descended into the entrance well of the village of Verevkin. Here he put his belongings into 3 transport bags, which were moored by the Perovo-Speleo 2019 expedition and began the descent (he used the “grate” descent device). In camp 380, he left one transporter and went down to camp 600. Here he lived for a week (judging by the toilet), eating food and ketchup stored by cavers and using gassed gas. Judging by the screenshots on the phone, he has been preparing for his raid for over a year. The phone contains diagrams and a description of the cave from Wikipedia and Demidov's report. Those. he knew about the stationary hitch and the camps. At some point, he went lower and reached 1100m. In this part of the cave, it becomes much wetter and a person in inappropriate equipment quickly begins to freeze. There are many horizontal railings leading away from the water, along which you can move in the appropriate equipment and having CPT experience.

The widow of the deceased asked the cavers to raise her husband's body to the surface. We received permission from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia to take part in the rescue work (evacuation of the body from the cave).

We plan to carry out the operation by the forces of speleologists who are now on Arabica (first of all, the Perovsky club), the Union of volunteers of speleoscuers and employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Crimea and Sochi. The latter have experience in packing poorly preserved bodies.

Such a complex operation requires significant human resources and financial resources for equipment, food and logistics. We ask you to help everyone who is not indifferent.

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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2021, 04:28:06 pm »
I'm sure others are thinking it, so I'll say it. I know it didn't end well, but you've got to give some credit to the guy for his sense of adventure and getting that far!

Imagine what someone like that might have achieved with a little support from a club!

This is obviously a very different view than you had on the other thread about the 3 Numptys who were in Easegill. Trying something and dying deserves credit where as they deserved your full criticism. A bit odd to me  :shrug:

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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2021, 05:18:10 pm »
Is there a way to donate to the recovery efforts?

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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2021, 05:41:01 pm »
Is there a way to donate to the recovery efforts?

From the bottom of the same article, also Google translate:
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Such a complex operation requires significant human resources and financial resources for equipment, food and logistics. We ask you to help everyone who is not indifferent.

SB card number: 4276 3801 6722 9488

Recipient: Galina F.

It is desirable that when translating, the message should indicate the purpose. For example, "," rescue operations "" Verevkin ", etc.

RCC coordinator - Evgeniy Snetkov +7(916)623-2793

From SDS- Akimov Vladimir +7 (926)207-5792

Probably best to verify before sending money.

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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2021, 04:53:18 pm »

The details look correct - there is a formal request about to be issued on the ECRA - European Cave Rescue - web site with the details sent by the rescue team.

Will let all know when it is posted.

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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2021, 04:58:35 pm »
Hadnt anybody reported him missing ?  :-\
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« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2021, 05:03:20 pm »
yes - his wife did so.  But it appears he was more of a climber who usually travelled alone so was not expected to be in a cave.

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« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2021, 06:04:49 pm »
ten months previous

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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2021, 05:55:30 pm »

The information and bank details are now on the ECRA website:

https://caverescue.eu/donation-for-the-rescue-operation-at-the-cave-verevkina-abkhazia/


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« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2021, 08:09:30 pm »
Sadly useless information.

I'm german, but at least you need the full adress of the account owner... :(
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« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2021, 08:12:38 pm »
I'd donate a fiver if it were easy

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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2021, 12:03:42 pm »
we have this address:

The address: 670018, Russia, Republic of Buryatia, city of Ulan-Ude, Aeroport district, building 23, apartment 102

I have asked to verify this is the address for the accounts.

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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2021, 01:45:15 pm »
address now confirmed.

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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2021, 01:56:38 pm »
Honestly, I'm embarrassed to say but please could someone walk me through how to donate?  I'm used to just paypaling someone.

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« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2021, 07:42:26 pm »

The recovery completed on the 17th August. A summary has been received by the ECRA (Dinko Novosol) and this is the Google translate of the message:

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04 August

Excerpt from the publication of the press of Abkhazia
On August 3, at 4:00 am, the speleological group of the Perovsky Club from Moscow, which has been working in Verevkin's cave for 30 years, found the body of a tourist. First, they saw a rope at the entrance well, found some things in a cave, and at a depth of 1100 meters a human body was hanging on a rope.
According to Snetkov, it was possible to determine that the deceased was a tourist by his equipment, which did not correspond to the complexity of the cave and the route. The man might not have enough strength and experience to overcome the difficult section.

Moreover, he stressed, descent into such caves alone is a gross violation of safety regulations. The cavers did not find any documents confirming his identity. Snetkov suggested that the tragedy most likely occurred in the summer or fall of last year.

The Union of Cavers of Russia informed the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia about the discovery of a human body in Verevkin's cave.

"We need to find the documents and relatives of this person. They must tell what to do next. Usually they try to pull the body to the surface, but from such a depth it is very difficult to do it. This will require from 50 to 100 qualified cavers. There are quite dangerous places in the cave and areas where it is simply impossible to drag a stretcher with the body, "Snedkov said.
He added that members of the Union of Cavers of Russia are preparing to leave for Abkhazia, if the rescuers of the republic turn to them with such a request.
 
 06 August
 
At the moment, there is a senior authorized officer of the Internal Affairs Directorate of Abkhazia, who is conducting an inquiry. Based on the results, a decision will be made on the conduct of the evacuation and methods. We wait. While the departure of rescuers and equipment was slowed down until the situation was clarified.

Identity identified. Permission was obtained from his wife to evacuate the body from the cave.

There are now about 30 people at the site from the Perovo club (Moscow) - the leader is Aleksey Barashkov and 20 speleoscuers led by Philip Cherednichenko.

Permission for rescue operations received from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia
 
On a tip from the Prosecutor of Abkhazia and with the help of LizaAlert, the body was identified. This is Sergey Kazeev. Single tourist, 37 years old. Resident of Adler, citizen of the Russian Federation.

A request was received from relatives to raise the victim to the surface.

Legal formalities are being settled. The Abkhazian UVD finished its work on the surface, the Act was drawn up. Part of the photographic materials was transferred to the detective officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, who is conducting the case on the search for Sergei (resident of Sochi, age 37, a mountain tourist with mountaineering skills, a lover of solo travel, stopped communicating on November 1).

A group of certified rescuers prepares to arrive at the site to prepare the victim for transport.
 
07 August

The cave is being prepared for transportation. Wells and plumb bobs are equipped for lifting. PBLs are filled with the necessary.

Collection of donations begins
 
09 august
There is no news yet. The cave is being prepared for operation.

Legal formalities are being settled.

Necessary items are additionally purchased.

Fundraising is in progress.
 
11th August

A group is sent to the cave to pack the body. Including a speleologist-pathologist.

Legal formalities have been settled.

If the Ministry of Emergency Situations manages to get permission from the authorities, then, perhaps, they will join the work.

Preparation of the cave for transportation continues.
 
12th of August
Exit to the cave of the packing group. Overnight at -600
 
13 August
 
Heavy rains on the surface caused flooding. After waiting a little, group 1 continued downward and spent the night in the camp at -1000. The camp was designed for 4 people. The rescuers dried themselves after the transition and spent the night in two sleeping bags.
 
August 14

In the morning, the wetsuits ordered the day before were brought to the -1000 camp and the packing group moved to the body.
Observing all caution, using protective clothing, masks and respirators, the rescuers removed the suspended body from the hinge and packed it in 10 special bags. The whole body would not have passed through numerous narrows. The packing procedure was agreed with the relatives of the deceased and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia. Transportation to the surface began. Group 1 spent the night at camp -600. Group two picked up the remaining bags at -1100.
 
August 15

Continued transportation of the body to the surface. In the Babatunda well (about -400), group 3 helped to lift the bags in the plumb line of the well. A representative of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia also worked in this group. Groups 1 and 3 came to the surface. The body bags were left at the bottom of the entrance well at a temperature of about + 4-6C. Until the moment of transfer to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia. Group 2 transports bags to camp - 600.
 
16 August

Group 1 again went down to the -400 camp for the bags and helped in transporting the body to the bottom of the entrance well. Groups 1 and 2 come to the surface.
 
17 August

Rescuers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia arrived (by car to the borders of pastures and about an hour on foot). The body bags were lifted and handed over to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Abkhazia. The Act has been drawn up.
 
 
The operation lasted 14 days (from August 4-17), it was attended by:

Gennady Samokhin (RSS) - preparation, packing group
Vladimir Akimov (SDS +) - preparation, packing group
Yuri Popov (TC Berendei, Tomsk) - packing group
Philip Cherednichenko (SDS +) - Field Operations Leadership
Snetkov Evgenia (RCC) - negotiations with the state structures of the Republic of Armenia, general coordination, preparation
Alexey Barashkov (SK Perovo, Moscow) - transportation
Lyudmila Basharina (Perm) - transportation, documentation
Anna Barashkova (SK Perovo) - transportation
Amina Chanysheva (Dzerzhinets, St. Petersburg) -transportation
Maxim Makarov (SK Perovo) - transportation
Egor Chegodaev (SK Belaya Mouse, Moscow) - transportation
Sergey Tyapko (SK Perovo) -transportation
Alexey Petrenko (SK Perovo) - transportation
Ivan Kamenev (SK Perovo) -transportation
Sergey Panferov (SK Perovo) - transportation
Sergey Ivanov (SK Perovo) - transportation
Fat Smyr (RA Ministry of Emergency Situations) - RA leadership, transportation
Valery Mumjan (Ministry of Emergency Situations of RA) - transportation
Ruslan Svetlov (SK Karst, Simferopol) -transportation
Zaven Varvashtian (Tsandripsh) - transport
Galina Fedorova (SK 13mm, Moscow) - cash and accounting support on site
Andrey Churkin (LizaAlert) - consultations, identification of the deceased
Max Kozlov (Krymspas) - consultations, equipment for special PPE
Yuri Fomin (PSO EMERCOM, Sochi) - consultations
Nadezhda Kudiyarova - preparation
Grigory Sanevich (Lanyard) - manufacturing of special bags
Andrey Leonov - consultations
Nastya Yanina - consultations

And 134 more people who transferred money to financially support the operation.

The family of the deceased sincerely thanks and sends a deep bow to all those who participated in this difficult operation.
 
Part of the photo at the request is posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=100000511844649&set=a.4958214464205566
 
 
 
Sincerely,
Akimov Vladimir
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The link does work and can be copied and pasted if necessary.

A fuller report is promised.

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Re: Bizarre "tourist" death in world's deepest known cave
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2021, 10:26:19 pm »
"the rescuers removed the suspended body from the hinge and packed it in 10 special bags."  That sounds grim.
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« Reply #35 on: September 07, 2021, 08:49:36 am »
"the rescuers removed the suspended body from the hinge and packed it in 10 special bags."  That sounds grim.

Even worse it reads as if they had to cut the body up..... Not just in 10 bags due to natural decay

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« Reply #36 on: September 07, 2021, 08:59:35 am »

Suspect the body was significantly decomposed after over 8 months so would need careful packaging.  Do not need to say any more .

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« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2021, 05:24:37 pm »
Due to the depth and long tight passages in the upper parts of Veryovkina, transporting it on a stretcher was impossible, so the state prosecutor gave permission to dismember the body and transport it in parts. That was also very challenging as any leak would have long-term impact on its biosphere and safety of the cave. The evacuation team had these 15 bags especially designed and made in record time by one of Moscow-based manufacturers of caving equipment. Bags were transported by individual cavers for most of the cave, in some pitches they were raised on pulleys. Fortunately, everything went smooth and the whole operation took 4 days without any surprises. It was very impressive to watch with how professionally it was planned to the smallest detail and executed, with every team member literally tracked hour-by-hour in the cave.

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« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2021, 08:14:10 pm »
Due to the depth and long tight passages in the upper parts of Veryovkina, transporting it on a stretcher was impossible, so the state prosecutor gave permission to dismember the body and transport it in parts. That was also very challenging as any leak would have long-term impact on its biosphere and safety of the cave. The evacuation team had these 15 bags especially designed and made in record time by one of Moscow-based manufacturers of caving equipment. Bags were transported by individual cavers for most of the cave, in some pitches they were raised on pulleys. Fortunately, everything went smooth and the whole operation took 4 days without any surprises. It was very impressive to watch with how professionally it was planned to the smallest detail and executed, with every team member literally tracked hour-by-hour in the cave.

FFS  :o utterly horrific  :(

Ah, well, now, you see...erm...

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« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2021, 08:44:37 pm »
A strong stomached recovery team for sure.

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« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2021, 02:21:01 pm »
I was just asked to post the following letter from Society of Volunteer Cave-Rescuers (SDS) in Russia:

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Dear colleagues!

On behalf of our organization, the Union of Volunteer Speleologists Rescuers of Russia, I express my great gratitude to you and all speleologists in Great Britain for your support and desire to help. We really appreciate it. We would be happy to work with you and learn from your experience. This time it was difficult to implement. But we hope to cooperate with you and your organization in the future, and not only due to emergency incidents in caves, but also in joint expeditions, training events, conferences or friendly meetings. We are always glad to see you personally or your colleagues in Russia and invite you all to visit us whenever possible. There would be a great pleasure for us to go caving together and show you our country.

At the moment, the work has been successfully completed and there is no longer a need to raise funds.

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« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2021, 05:49:04 pm »
Thank you Kravietz.


 

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