Hampered by low visibility in the silty cave, a Fire Brigade dive-rescue team was eventually able to bring out the bodies of instructor Mauro Cammardella, the owner of the local Mauro Sub dive-centre; Mauro Tancredi, a Mauro Sub divemaster; and Silvio Anzola, a diver visiting from Milan.
The three were reportedly the most experienced of a group of 12 out on a morning training dive last week, but they failed to re-emerge after passing through the deep wall entrance of the Cave of the Ladder. It was not clear whether the cave-penetration had been planned and whether the divers were equipped for such a dive.
Anzola’s body took longer to recover than the others because it was caught in a narrow passage in the silted-out cave, according to reports.
A similar tragedy occurred four years ago when four divers, including their British-born dive leader, died after becoming lost in silty conditions in the nearby Blood Grotto sea-cave.
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