Divers killed in grotto, three others injured

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UPDATED: Two sports divers exploring one of the many grottos in Norway were killed and three others injured following a diving accident Thursday evening. All five divers were from Finland, and police said the Finnish Embassy in Oslo had been alerted.

The accident occurred in the Pluragrotto in Plurdalen, outside Mo i Rana in Nordland County, Northern Norway. The grotto is part of Norway’s largest water-filled grotto system called Jordbrugrotta, and popular within the diving community.

Details of the accident remained unclear, and the bodies of the two dead divers were said to be at a depth of around 130 meters. Police said it would be a “very demanding” operation to retrieve the bodies but that efforts were underway.

The three survivors were flown by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Northern Norway in Tromsø, where they were treated in a decompression tank. Hospital officials reported that they were not seriously injured.

The actual depth of the grotto has never been established, reported state broadcaster NRK, but it is more than a kilometer long. It was discovered in 1966.

newsinenglish.no staff