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Unknown Journey - documentary on the exploration of a flooded Greek mine

Listen to this article In early February 2022, the interesting documentary Unknown Journey, which depicts the exploration of flooded Greek caves, premiered. A group of Greek technical divers is on a passionate mission to explore an abandoned flooded mine and learn its secrets. Thanks to the footage they recorded during their expedition, the documentary Unknown
Published: April 19, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 00:32
Unknown Journey – documentary on the exploration of a flooded Greek mine
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In early February 2022, the interesting documentary Unknown Journey, which depicts the exploration of flooded Greek caves, premiered.

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A group of Greek technical divers is on a passionate mission to explore an abandoned flooded mine and learn its secrets. Thanks to the footage they recorded during their expedition, the documentary Unknown Journey was created. As viewers, we can join this exciting expedition and see how it ends.

Diver in flooded mine tunnels

 

During the exploration of ten mines in the Lavreotiki area The team received information from the few remaining former miners about the abandoned engine and other equipment that remained after the mine was flooded and eventually closed forever.

Unfortunately it was to no avail the search that the Greek team carried out in the archives Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park. Neither did the available bibliography help. With their questions answered, the divers decided to go deeper into the flooded tunnels.

 

The objectives the protagonists of Unknown Journey are trying to achieve

The mission has three main objectives: finding the lost engine, mapping the underwater passages and finding the Sklives Well. This well is one of the eleven most historic and preserved mining wells built in the entire Lavreotiki area. According to engineering plans obtained from the archives, the Sklives Well reaches a depth of as much as 202 m.

Diving in a flooded mine in Greece

Access to the well from the surface is currently not possible. Therefore, all exploration involves carrying equipment through the dry tunnels of a neighbouring mine over a distance of more than 1 km. Explorers then transport it underwater. Access to the dive site is extremely difficultwhich makes the whole mission a huge challenge.

The team filmed the progress of their work and in 2022, in collaboration with 8Film, completed the production of a documentary. Lasting 38 minutes, the Unknown Journey documentary provides a unique insight into the inside of the tunnels of the flooded mine. We learn a lot from their last day of operation to a first-hand account of the many challenges and dangers the team faced throughout the project.

Unknown Journey - poster

A full-length documentary of the entire project will be screened at various film festivals around the world.

You can read more about the Addicted2H2O group and Greek mines in the article below. The publication was published as part of the Xdeep Exploration Support Program series.

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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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