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Body of missing diver recovered from Honoratka quarry

On the second day of the search, the corpse of a 46-year-old man who went missing in the waters of the Honoratka Quarry during a dive conducted on Sunday, September 6, was found and recovered. Last Sunday, 6 September, a pair of divers entered the water at the Honoratka Quarry – a closed circuit instructor
Published: September 7, 2020 - 18:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:59
Body of missing diver recovered from Honoratka quarry

On the second day of the search, the corpse of a 46-year-old man who went missing in the waters of the Honoratka Quarry during a dive conducted on Sunday, September 6, was found and recovered.

Last Sunday, 6 September, a pair of divers entered the water at the Honoratka Quarry – a closed circuit instructor and an open circuit diver, in a recreational configuration with a single cylinder. At a depth of approximately 30 metres the team separated. The OC diver surfaced and began searching for his partner, unfortunately without success.

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After 1pm the local Fire Brigade received a report of a missing diver. A rescue team was immediately dispatched to the scene. On arrival at the reservoir, the firefighters set about conducting a search for the missing man and were assisted by 3 dive teams to work together to find the casualty as quickly as possible.

Despite an 8-hour search, the missing diver could not be found and the operation was aborted.

The search was resumed in the morning of Monday, 7 September, and firefighters from Fire and Rescue Unit No. 1 in Konin, a specialist water and diving rescue group from Fire and Rescue Unit No. 2 in Konin, OSP Ślesin, a specialist water and diving group from Poznan and OSP Mosina with an ROV arrived at the reservoir.

At 5.30pm a spokesman for the Konin Fire Brigade announced in an official release that rescuers had found and recovered the body of the missing man. Diving equipment has been secured and now experts and the prosecutor will take care of explaining the causes of the accident.

Honoratka is an extremely popular body of water among divers from all over the country. The site, located in the Konin district, is the former flooded excavation site of the “Pątnów” opencast brown coal mine in Konin. After the end of exploitation, in 2001, it was decided to flood the excavation, which allowed creating a body of water with an area of 346 hectares.

Photo: TSO Ślesin
Source: To the editor’s knowledge

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
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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