My extreme moment: Arun Sawant
We realised the shaft had been replaced in the dam and the water in the cave was fast filling up. In another few minutes, the cave would have been completely flooded...india Updated: Jul 10, 2009 19:13 IST
I had gone exploring the natural cave formation at Amboli across which ran the Hiranyakeshi river. The part of the river in front of the cave had been dammed by the villagers, because of which the cave had got filled with water. I swam below the dam to remove a make-shift shaft that gradually drained the water out of the cave.
The cave itself was marvelous. It was a different type of stone which resulted in beautiful natural cave formations. The cave roof wasn't too high and the roots of trees lined the roof. We had to crawl through in some places and had only the light of torches to guide us. We entered an opening that was more than 10 to 12 feet tall and from there the cave led on to a small opening, where we encountered a cold spring. It was beautiful - almost as if we had discovered a new place. On our way back, we realized the shaft had been replaced in the dam and the water in the cave was fast filling up. In another few minutes, the cave would have been completely flooded. I swam through the cave entrance, and removed the shaft again. After a while, the water level in the cave began to decrease, and the rest of the cavers emerged muddy, but unscathed.