Tunnel vision is costing lives By Kara Lawrence, news.com.au
WHEN it rains, no drains. That is rule No.1 in the "art" of drain-exploring as outlined in the manifesto of Michael Carlton, aka Predator.
It is a short, snappy saying which could have prevented the tragedy which befell three young people who were trapped in a Sydney stormwater drain on Sunday.
A sudden squall of rain struck, flooding the drain and killing a woman and man aged in their 20s. Another man was lucky to escape with his life after being washed from the drain into Lurline Bay, off Sydney's Eastern Beaches.
Carlton, who died himself about five years ago, pioneered a secret underground movement in Australia – one now referred to as urban exploration, or urbex for short.
But it was a slow and creeping death from cancer – not violent accident – that claimed Carlton's life earlier this decade.
Despite his love of illegally exploring stormwater drains and other tunnels, Carlton knew that sudden injury and death stalked those who followed this dangerous pursuit.
One of the founding members of Sydney's Cave Clan in the early 1990s, Carlton had explored 147 drains in six states, as well as rail tunnels, abandoned bunkers and other forbidden underground areas.
Post by Brian Roebuck on Jan 22, 2008 6:46:40 GMT -5
Good article. There are many people who do similar things in the US. Caving can be dangerous but urban underground structures can be downright deadly. Most are built for industrial reasons and can contain bad air, poisons, sewage, electrical hazards, and a host of other things most of us do not need to be around. Do us all a favor and just go caving instead!
Brian Roebuck NSS 34626 RL (FE) ----- Caving is far too serious to be taken seriously.