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Daring divers bring up bodies from Plura caves

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Cave divers in Plura cave - Photo: Norwegian cave diving association
09:04 CET+01:00
A team of intrepid Finnish divers have defied a ban on plumbing the depths of Norway's Plura caves and successfully retrieved the bodies of two of their countrymen who died there in February.
"A Finnish diving team announced this morning to the police that they have brought up the two deceased divers from Plura cave," Kristin Elnæs from the Helgeland police said on Thursday afternoon. 
 
The two Finnish divers died on 6 February as they attempted to swim through the Plura caves, Europe's longest water-filled cave system. Three other divers were hospitalised for compression sickness. 
 
According to the survivors, one of the divers got stuck at a depth of close to 130 metres under water. The other ran out of air while trying to rescue him. 
 
The Norwegian police at the end of February imposed a ban on diving in the caves after repeated attempts to bring up the bodies of the two men failed. 
 
"It is simply too dangerous. It is not worth risking your life to accomplish this task," Mark Dougherty, the British cave diver who led the rescue efforts told a press conference on February 25. 
 
Dougherty led the team which brought up the body of a Norwegian man who died in the caves back in 2006. 

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Police said that although the diving ban remained in place, prosecuting the Finnish team was not a priority. 

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