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fatality in SA

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Apr 21, 2003
Hi All

Forgive me if there is already a thread about this, but anyhow, here is the latest news from the weekend fatality in South Africa, where Aussie diver Dave Shaw and party attempted a recovery of a body from an inland cave at 270m. The body was of a diver who dissapeared there in 1994, and last month, Dave Shaw saw him at 270, and promised the parents that he would return to recover their sons body. Sadly, on Saturday, Dave died in the attempt. Herewith the lastest media report..

The wife of Australian deep cave diver Dave Shaw, who perished
in the dark waters of Boesmansgat in the Northern Cape, has agreed
that no attempt be made by any of her husband's fellow divers to
recover his body.
Shaw died on Saturday after taking a 270m dive in a courageous
bid to retrieve the remains of Deon Dreyer who drowned during an
expedition dive at the same cave in 1994.
Afraid of suffering the same fate Shaw's fellow divers say there
are no future plans to retrieve his body. Peter Herbst, an acting
Diving Team Leader said: "It would be suicidal to go
look for Dave Shaw's body now."
Shaw's right hand man and friend Don Shirley is recovering after
a helium bubble stuck in his eardrum while searching for Shaw. This
morning he made a call to Shaw's wife Anne, back in Australia. Dave
is survived by his wife Anne and two children.
The death of Shaw has left the deep diving community reeling in
shock but they say what is comforting about it is that he died
doing something he loved.
Hi, yes this was a double tragedy… :waterwork

This website: DEEPCAVE.com , created by Dave Shaw, have information about the sites he dived when he was in South Africa.
There is also the proposed plan: BOESMANSGAT 270m ATTEMPTED BODY RECOVERY.

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