On Wednesday, November 24, a team went down to the tight passage at -75 m in the Puits de Ronze in order to enlarge it so that the extra equipment that needs to be installed through there will have room. It was a delicate operation since the enlargement shots had to avoid harming the existing cables and sheath passing through there. By the end of the day, that had been accomplished, making that passage much more comfortable.
At the insurgence, enlarging continues and slowly the little hole is becoming bigger. The fissure is now 23 feet deep. At the end of the day, the digging crew was standing on a solid floor with two small passages continuing, one in each direction. A void is felt below, but how far is it?
At the surface, procuring the pumping equipment is continuing. The trailer with all the electrical equipment and accessories arrived in the afternoon. The pump, made in Italy, is finished and is being readied for transport. It will leave on Friday morning, cross the Maritime Alps, and it should arrive at the Puits de Ronze by evening on Friday.
P.S. Great pictures of the long pieces of tubing being stretched out under tension on the dirt road on the plateau, at the Spéléo Secours site:http://www.speleo-secours-francais.com/ ... Itemid=182
I’m still amazed at the amount of hard work and free labor donated towards retrieving Eric’s body and returning him to his family. Every day, many teams of qualified cavers take days off to come from all regions of France to help with this effort. Awesome solidarity, persistence and determination! My hat is off to the French cavers.