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Death in the Deep

Don Shirley, a technical cave diver, found himself in a life or death struggle when his equipment failed 250 meters underwater, in the dark.

Ten years ago Don Shirley and his friend Dave Shaw were diving in Bushman's Hole, South Africa, one of the world's deepest submerged freshwater caves, when they made an unexpected discovery - the body of another diver. Resolving to bring the lost diver home, they mounted a recovery operation to retrieve the body, but things began to go wrong when at 250 metres Don's equipment failed and he found himself in a 12 hour struggle for survival underwater, in the dark.

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(Photo: Don Shirley using the Inspiration Rebreather to dive to Bushman's Hole. Credit:Roger Horrocks)

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Fri 6 Nov 2015 06:06GMT

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