• Short Summary

    IN THE FRENCH ALPS, A BRITISH TEAM OF POTHOLERS HAVE ENTERED THE WORLD'S DEEPEST CAVE IN A BID TO BREAK THE WORLD COVE-DEPTH RECORD OF 3,721 FEET (1134.15 METRES.)
    THEY FORM THE FIRST STAGE OF A TWIN ASSAULT ON THE RECORD.

  • Description

    IN THE FRENCH ALPS, A BRITISH TEAM OF POTHOLERS HAVE ENTERED THE WORLD'S DEEPEST CAVE IN A BID TO BREAK THE WORLD COVE-DEPTH RECORD OF 3,721 FEET (1134.15 METRES.)
    THEY FORM THE FIRST STAGE OF A TWIN ASSAULT ON THE RECORD. A SECOND TEAM WILL START A SEPARATE BID IN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE DAYS, ALTHOUGH THEY WILL BOTH SHARE EQUIPMENT ALREADY INSTALLED IN THE COVE.

    THE TEAM ALREADY DOWN THERE COME FROM NOTTINGHAM AND ARE LED BY A YOUNG POTHOLING EXPERT, PETER WATKINSON. THE OTHER TEAM ARE LED BY A MANCHESTER METALLURGY ENGINEER.

    THE COVE THEY HOPE TO CONQUER IS CALLED GOUFFRE BERGER, WHICH LOOSELY TRANSLATED MEANS "SHEPHERD'S PIT." THE NOTTINGHAM POTHOLERS BEGAN DESCENT YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) DESPITE THE DRIVING RAIN WHICH HAD RAISED FEARS THAT HEY MIGHT BECOME TRAPPED BY FLOODED UNDERGROUND STREAMS AND LAKES.

    THEY PLAN TO BE UNDERGROUND FOR TEN DAYS - TEN DAYS OF DARKNESS, DURING WHICH THEIR ONLY CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE WILL BE A TELEPHONE LINK.

    THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT AWAITS THEM AS THEY ARE TAKING A ROUTE NEVER ATTEMPTED BEFORE. THEIR BIGGEST OBSTACLE WILL BE BY-PASSING A GROTTO IN WHICH A BRITISH POTHOLER WEARING A GROGMAN'S OUTFIT SET THE EXISTING RECORD.

    (THIS RECORD IS NO WHERE NEAR THE DEEPEST MAN HAS DESCENDED. GOLDMINDERS IN SOUTH AFRICA HAVE WORKED 11,246 FEET (3,428 METRES) UNDERGROUND, AND MANNED BATHYSCAPHES HAVE GONE DEEPER STILL UNDER THE SEA.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAYGL8VKCGWMHH0AHDM816KVZZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYGL8VKCGWMHH0AHDM816KVZZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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