Cave Diver Dies Exploring Cumbrian Cave System
A cave diver has been found dead after failing to resurface from a dive near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, UK.
The diver, believed to be a man in his 60s, was exploring the Three Counties System, a series of interconnected cave systems forming the longest overall system in the UK. Emergency services were called to the diver's entry point at Lancaster Hole on the afternoon of Saturday, 4 January, after the diver was reported overdue.
More than 40 members of the UK's Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) and Cave Diving Group (CDG) participated in an extensive search of the cave system. The diver's body was located some 60m into the cave system and returned to the surface by the team.
In a statement to the press, a spokesperson from CRO said: 'As well as searching from the point where the cave diver entered Lancaster Hole, other entrances and possible exits were also searched by team members in case the diver had emerged from the system elsewhere. Unfortunately, whilst conducting an underwater search a rescue diver discovered the missing man, approximately 60m into the sump. The casualty was immediately brought back to the sump pool chamber and removed from the water, where it was apparent that he was deceased.'
The diver is believed to be from the Lancashire area and his next of kin have been informed. Investigations into the cause of the fatality are currently ongoing, although it is not thought to be suspicious.