Exploring the depths: The Shaft

GOING, GOING: Mount Gambier cave diver Leon Rademeyer being lowered down the entrance tube of The Shaft cavern on the outskirts of the city. Pictures: ANNIE RADEMEYER

AS we cautiously drop into the depths, I glance up to see daylight shining through a small hole far above us, knowing it is the only way out of this water-filled cavern.

Venturing deeper, the sheer size and scale of the main chamber becomes apparent – spanning 140 metres across with a width of around 80 metres at its narrowest.

At a depth of around 36 metres we encounter the top of a rock pile from where two large

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