Caves a pas­sion for lost diver

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

Agnes Milowka THE woman who died in one of Aus­tralia’s long­est un­der­wa­ter caves be­lieved there was no greater feel­ing in the world than find­ing a new un­der­wa­ter pas­sage.

Agnes Milowka, 29, was a renowned diver who knew the risks of her week­end trip with fel­low en­thu­si­asts to Tank Cave be­tween Mil­li­cent and Mt Gam­bier in South Aus­tralia’s south­east. But she loved ex­plor­ing dark, sub­ter­ranean caves like the one in which she died on Sun­day af­ter some­how sep­a­rat­ing from her buddy.

The sink­hole has been closed off while divers re-en­ter to plot the re­cov­ery of her body which is about 600 me­tres from the en­trance.

It is un­der­stood her par­ents are at the site.

‘‘ I dream about caves, it is an all­con­sum­ing in­ter­est, it is a pas­sion, it is an ob­ses­sion,’’ she said on YouTube.

She said cave div­ing was the true essence of ex­plo­ration.

‘‘ It is like any pur­suit that is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous, if you are push­ing the bound­aries of that sport, you will find your­self tak­ing on big­ger and big­ger risks, to me those risks are work it be­cause the re­wards are worth it.’’

Su­per­in­ten­dent Trevor Twil­ley said po­lice won’t know what hap­pened un­til they re­cover and test her equip­ment.

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