Alley Deep Cave Project
Dive - UK
Octopus - Russia
Wielki Blekit - Poland
A new era has been born in the world of Red Sea Cave Diving.
|In 2001, Leigh Cunningham and Thomas Chabanne discovered some deep caves in the Jackfish Alley area of Ras Mohamed. Having completed rigorous cave training in Mexico earlier this year, the dynamic duo returned with a complete team of technical cave divers to continue their exploration. Leigh teamed up with Gennadiy Fursov as the primary exploration team.
Leigh Cunningham tying the first of many lines
|4 days of exploration resulted in a complete grade 3 survey of the shallower system starting in 65 metres, named The Reapers Lair, and a Grade 2 survey of the explored areas of the deeper system, starting at 85 metres, now known as The Devils Eye which has been dubbed the Wakullah of the Red Sea.
Neil Black beginning the Grade 3 survey
|30 minute bottom times were made between 100 130 metres, using copious quantities of Open Circuit Trimix supplied by Ocean Tecs blending station, with in water times ranging from 4 5 hours.
Jim and Jimmy taking survey measurements
|After laying 120 metres of guide line extending down to a depth of 130 metres, Leigh and Gennadiys torch beams disappeared into a seemingly endless void. The pair realised at this stage that the already large scale project had turned into something gargantuan - to be continued ..
The teams on the deco bar
'The Team' at Ocean Tec
Gena Leigh Jim Thomas Doozer Chad Jimmy Oxana
Ehab Neil Nina Dave Jilly Val
Shallow & Surface