Archive for 10/19/2011

Jane Holroyd –

A 40-year-old Melbourne man has died while cave diving near Mt Gambier.

South Australian police said the man, from Doncaster, died while exploring Tank Cave yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to the site near Tantanoola at 3.45pm by a diver who said the man had failed to surface.

He had only got 50 metres into the cave when tragedy struck.

South Australian Police Superintendent Trevor Twilley told ABC Radio police were investigating the cause of the man’s death. He has been identified but his name has not yet been released.

“[The man] was only 50 metres into the cave and the circusmtances surrounding this death are still unclear at this stage,” he said.

Supterintendent Twilley said he had spoken with Cave Divers Association of Australia’s national director John Vanderleest this morning, adding that the association’s Tank Cave safety regulations appeared “to be suffiecient” in restricting access based on divers’ experience.

“Tank Cave is one of the more complex cave systems in the southern hemisphere,” Superintendent Twilley said.

The cave is located on land purchased by the Cave Divers Association of Australia earlier this year. The association bought five acres of land surrounding the cave’s entrance, and there is access to the land from the Princess Highway.

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BC Local news –

Flores is the most fascinating and beautiful island in Indonesia. Long hidden in the shadows of its more famous neighbour Bali, the island of Flores is finally emerging as a unique destination of its own.

Flores spells adventure, diving, eco-tours and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events.

While on vacation you can swim in pristine lakes and waterfalls, dive at one of the 50 spectacular dive sites, go kayaking among craggy coasts and mangrove shores, explore mysterious caves and be warmly welcomed by the island’s people in their rituals, dances and daily life.

The Florenese waters reveal a rich and colourful parallel universe of marine life. The area around the Komodo National Park, which is home to over 1,000 species of fish and more than 350 reef-building corals, is a world-famous dive site.

On many of the small islands around Labuan Bajo you do not even have to go scuba diving — just snorkeling brings you close to many different species of fish. Divers find themselves swimming along with huge manta rays, dolphins and dugongs, while whales can be seen passing Flores’s east coast during their migration period.

Until recently, many tourists have only been familiar with Labuan Bajo, the small port located on the western-most tip of the island, and  the taking off point for a visit to the last natural habitat of the prehistoric Komodo dragons, the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar.

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Roger Maynard – 

A round-the-world yachtsman who was killed on an idyllic island in the South Pacific is believed by police to have been eaten by a cannibal.

Stefan Ramin and his girlfriend, Heike Dorsch, set sail in 2008. They had been idling through the South Seas for several months when they made landfall at Nuku Hiva, part of the Marquesas group of islands about 1,000 miles north-east of Tahiti.

Mr Ramin, a 40-year-old business adviser from the small town of Haselau in north-west Germany, had a love of travelling, sailing, surfing and diving. Nuku Hiva, the largest of the islands, set in a turquoise blue ocean, offered all that and more. 

Quite what happened to Mr Ramin after he made landfall at the French Polynesian island last month is the subject of a police investigation. What is known is that he accepted an invitation to go on a traditional goat hunt in the forest with a guide named Henry Haiti.

The guide returned alone from the island’s interior and told Ms Dorsch, 37, that her boyfriend had been in an accident and needed help. As she rushed to her boyfriend’s aid, Mr Haiti allegedly grabbed her, tied her to a tree and sexually assaulted her. Eventually she freed herself and managed to alert the authorities.

Ashes believed to be those of Mr Ramin were later found in a valley by a team of 22 police officers. Among the blackened remains scattered around the site of the campfire were human bones, teeth and metal fillings. Fearing that Mr Ramin might have been the victim of a cannibalistic attack, soldiers joined police in the search for Mr Haiti. He remains at large.

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