Sunday, June 27, 2010
Things to consider before going into that mine!
It is not uncommon in mine workings to have a section flooded in an isolated manner, with access possible underneath the water into lower workings. It is also not uncommon that that miners dammed and consequently flooded small unwanted sections in order to provide a water source.
It is a very unlikely danger, but you should be aware of the risk of releasing any water above you, by fiddling with timber dams or similar such obstacles. This could result in drowning in a sudden unexpected influx of water or being swept off some great drop.
If you find something that looks like a dam, it is best to leave it alone, particularly if you’re not sure if it still holds back deep water or not.