Wednesday 22 November 2017

UK specialist team hopes to retrieve diver's body today reporters

A specialist UK team has arrived in Galway to assist in the recovery of the body of a diver who died exploring a cave outside Gort.

The alarm was raised on Monday night when Artur Kozlowski, a Polish man in his 30s, failed to resurface from a diving trip in a flooded inland cave.

Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation located his body about 170ft down in the deepest section of the cave.

However, expert knowledge is needed to retrieve the body.

According to a statement from the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO), "These cave diving experts, amongst the best in Europe, have been requested to perform the recovery dive because of their extensive experience and training in this specialist diving environment."

Mr Kozlowski, a quantity surveyor, had been living in Ireland since 2006 and held several records in Ireland and Britain, including one for the longest and deepest cave traverse of 338ft.

He had enough oxygen to last more than six hours when he went into the water about two and a half miles north of Gort at 3pm on Monday.

ICRO's Connor McGrath said Mr Kozlowski's equipment is still with him and intact.

"We don't have any clue as to the cause of the accident at the moment," he added.

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