Doomed diver reached record point before he perished 850m from cave entrance
AN EXPERIENCED diver found dead in a cave last night had travelled further into the cavern than any previous explorer.
Investigators were today hoping to establish a cause of death for Artur Kozlowski who was found 52m underwater in a cave at Kiltarntan, Co Galway.
However, they have had to call in experts from a UK dive rescue unit to assist in the recovery of the 34-year-old's body.
After a massive search operation, Mr Kozlowski's body was spotted in an underwater passage of the Pollonora cave.
The location where the single man who lived at Shankill, Dublin, was found is 850m from the access point to the cave and was the furthest anyone had ever travelled in the cave.
A desperate search began after he failed to emerge from the cave on Monday evening.
The search team were hopeful that the Polish national -- who was regarded as the most prominent cave diver in the country -- had sought sanctuary in an air pocket in the extensive underground cave network.
Speaking after the body was found, Conor McGrath of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation said all five divers involved in yesterday's search were personal friends of Mr Kozlowski.
"The mood here is despondent now. We had hoped and were optimistic that we might find him alive, but it was not to be," Mr McGrath said.
A quantity surveyor by trade, Mr Kozlowski been living in Dublin since 2006 and first embarked on cave diving the following year.
Friends say he became hooked on cave diving and soon had his own training firm.