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Man drowns cave diving

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The body of a man who went cave diving over the weekend has been located, but authorities say rescue is not possible.

On Saturday, two men and a guide went cave diving at BioParque Lu’um Balam when one became disoriented and entered a dark channel that was apparently restricted. He was later found drowned.

The body of 31-year-old Dmitry Chernov remains inside a cavern that is closed off by a wall that officials say, cannot be accessed without the use of machinery. Civil Protection and elements of the Ministerial Police of the Attorney General of the State (FGE) as well as Navy Secretariat have been on site in attempts to rescue the body, but say retrieval is not possible.

They say that a cave wall prevents removal and will require machinery to knock it out in order to retrieve the body. Doing this also puts the life of rescuers at risk.

Russian national Dmitry Chernov was a temporary resident of the area who worked at Xcaret.

The cave remains closed to the public until Civil Protection officials are able to remove the body which authorities say is about 50 meters from the entrance.

Armina Wolpert of the Russian Federation in Quintana Roo is aware of the situation saying, “They told us that they are going to need machinery, but that it can take weeks. I do not know. I have been talking to the authorities and they have been keeping us informed.”