Expert on trapped climbers in Poland: A horrifying experience
This weekend, two climbers disappeared in the Wielka Sniezna cave in the Polish Tatra Mountains. The rescue work has been made more difficult due to floods that blocked the entrance to the cave, but now it is hoped to open a new road.
The cave, which is the deepest in the mountain range, consists of a complex system of passages and running water. This is also the biggest threat to the two climbers, says cave diver instructor Stefan Hogeborn, who visited the Morning Studio.
- It is no longer a cave exploration but a cave diving exploration. They are not prepared for this, he says, and refers to the fact that their equipment is not intended to be completely submerged for a long period of time.
You've talked about bursting in - what do you think about that?
- It might go. I remember when I was exploring the Sala Silver mine. We dived about 30 meters deep and all of a sudden it felt like the whole mine was collapsing. It turned out that they were blown up in a mine just over two kilometers away, but it felt like it was just above us. So blasting in will provide a terrifying experience for those in there.