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Finnish divers’ final rest in Norwegian sea cave

Police and rescue divers in Norway have determined that it would be too dangerous to recover the bodies of two Finns who perished in a diving accident earlier this month. The divers will find their final rest more than 100 metres below the surface.

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The bodies of two Finns who died while cave diving will be left to their final rest in northern Norway. Image: Frode Meosli SCANPIX NORWAY / LEHTIKUVA

The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported Tuesday that local police have decided not to risk recovering the bodies of two Finnish divers who died in northern Norway earlier this month.

The bodies of the deceased now lie about 110 metres below the surface in an underwater cave network in Pluragrotta, northern Norway.

On Monday police from Helgeland conferred with rescue divers and other officials, and determined that any attempt to raise the bodies would be too dangerous.

“Unfortunately we detected too many dangerous challenges in the caves. It would not be possible for divers to descend two abreast so it would be very difficult to see how we could get the bodies out,” said dive leader Mark Dougherty during a press conference.

The only way to access the cave would be for one diver to retrieve the bodies, and this would not be a reasonable risk for a single diver.

On February 6, two Finnish divers died during the accident and three others had to be taken to hospital to be treated for decompression sickness. The survivors not suffer any physical injuries.

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