Saturday, March 05, 2011

Agnes Milowka's Body Recovered from Tank Cave

Certainly an emotional retrieval for the divers who knew her well.

The body of a world-renowned cave diver has been recovered from the underwater channels where she was trapped.

Agnes Milowka, 29, ran out of air after becoming separated from her diving companion on Sunday in the eight-kilometre-long channel system of Tank Cave near Mt Gambier, in South Australia's southeast.

Members of the close-knit diving community had retrieved her body, police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tank Cave is one of Australia's longest underwater caves, and divers had to clear and widen the channels to make it easier to retrieve her body 600 metres from the entrance to the sink hole.

Visibility was a difficulty with sediment from any movement taking hours to clear.

Some of the channels were so narrow divers could feel the walls pressing against them.

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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Milowka's family and friends as they seek closure after her passionate passing.

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