Diver Dies & His Student Hospitalized After Cave Diving Accident

April 27, 2013 / France, Europe

Gouffre de Gourneyras, Saint-Maurice-de-Navacelles, Hérault, France

Earlier this month a 36-year-old experienced French cave diver died, and his 22-year-old student was hospitalized after an accident during a dive in Gouffre de Gourneyras near Saint-Maurice-de-Navacelles in southern France.

On Sunday April 14th, the divers had just begun their way down, planning to descend to -52 meters (170 feet) of the caves -105 meter (344 foot) total depth, when something happened causing the experienced diver to drown.

Unable to help, the young student panicked, abandoned his breathing apparatus, and quickly resurfacing without considering decompression.

Due to his quick assent the student had to be hospitalized for decompression problems, while rescue cave divers from Speleo Secours Francais spent the night searching for the body of the missing man.

The lifeless body was eventually located early on Monday morning at a depth of -48 meters (157 feet) and was brought to the surface for further investigation into the cause of the accident.

Hérault : la plongée dans le gouffre de Gourneyras tourne au cauchemar [midilibre.fr via Scintilena] & Opération de secours Exurgence de Gourneyras – Commune de Madières [Speleo Secours Francais]

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