DiVer: New Zealand Sand Diver Or Long-Finned Sand Diver
The grey-white marble passage finally ends at nearly 160m with another abyssal shaft dropping into the blackness! Rick and Dave alternately push the deeper section of the cave laying 6mm line from an improvised reel; the dives leap frogging to 157m, 160m then finally Rick’s astonishing, record breaking dive to 177 metres.
The age of international travel is amazing. Just 25 hours after leaving Adelaide in South Australia, I am in a helicopter touching down in the remote Pearse Valley, a few hundred metres from the resurgence of the Pearse River. Over at the camp, Dave Apperley (Australia) and British cave diver Rick Stanton watch with interest as Craig Howell, John Atkinson and I unload the chopper and move aside as it departs, leaving us in the glorious wilderness of the Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand.