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Deadly diving accident in German cave

Last Saturday, 6 February, a 57-year-old diver died in one of Germany’s flooded caves. The man’s body was recovered in the evening of the same day. A group of four experienced cave divers explored the partially flooded Mühlbachquellhöhle cave system in the Franconian Jura area in southern Germany at the weekend, according to media reports
Published: February 8, 2021 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:58
Deadly diving accident in German cave

Last Saturday, 6 February, a 57-year-old diver died in one of Germany’s flooded caves. The man’s body was recovered in the evening of the same day.

A group of four experienced cave divers explored the partially flooded Mühlbachquellhöhle cave system in the Franconian Jura area in southern Germany at the weekend, according to media reports across the Oder.

The accident, which resulted in the death of one of the explorers, happened about 700 metres from the entrance. The 57-year-old was already on his way back from a dive with three other divers. The incident occurred near a narrow passage measuring less than half a metre. The man disappeared from his companions’ sight at some point and did not reappear.

The other participants in the dive immediately began their search, which they conducted in a section about six metres long. Unfortunately, this section of the cave is characterised by extremely poor visibility and is known as the ‘mole siphon’ due to the poor conditions and the large amount of sediment.

Within minutes of finding their colleague, they pulled him ashore and immediately began CPR. One of them set off towards the exit about 700 metres away. Half an hour later he managed to alert the emergency services and call for help. Accompanied by a local cave rescuer, he then returned to the scene of the accident.

Meanwhile, his colleagues were fighting for the 57-year-old’s life. The fire brigade, mountain rescuers, the water rescue unit and the police arrived on the scene. Unfortunately, all efforts came to nothing and despite many hours of desperate fighting, the man could not be saved.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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