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Body of diver recovered in Tuna Hästberg

Last Friday, the body of a woman who drowned on 7 January 2018 while diving in the flooded Tuna Hästberg mine was recovered. The operation went without any problems. The corpse was located 250 metres from the entrance, at a depth of 22 metres, and then pulled to the surface. On Sunday 7 January, three
Published: January 13, 2018 - 18:57
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:18
Body of diver recovered in Tuna Hästberg

Last Friday, the body of a woman who drowned on 7 January 2018 while diving in the flooded Tuna Hästberg mine was recovered. The operation went without any problems. The corpse was located 250 metres from the entrance, at a depth of 22 metres, and then pulled to the surface.

On Sunday 7 January, three experienced cave divers from Finland were conducting a dive in the flooded tunnels of the Tuna mine. During the dive, the woman developed problems which escalated in the following minutes and resulted in a panic attack and subsequent death. The other two people involved in the dive made it to the exit, where they notified mine staff of the accident.

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The emergency services and the police requested the assistance of the military in order to recover and bring to the surface the body of the accident victim. Although divers from the Tuna mine staff had the necessary skills to carry out such a dive, they could not take part due to formal requirements.

Divers from the armed forces arrived on site on Wednesday evening and immediately began to work together to develop a plan of action. The first dive was scheduled for Thursday evening. Representatives from many uniformed services from both Sweden and Finland were involved in the preparations. Full support in all possible aspects was also provided by the staff at Tuna Mine.

An exploratory dive was carried out on Friday morning. When the divers returned to the surface, it became clear that the whole thing was going to be a bit more complicated, as the body was 40 metres deep in another room.

The operation was resumed in the afternoon. Using DPV scooters, among others, it was possible to reach the corpse and bring it to the surface.

A report on the accident will be published after the conclusion of the police investigation. The mine authorities would like to thank everyone who contributed to the smooth running of the operation.

Source: own Photo: Jacek “YaCa” Majek

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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