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"This is the second edition of an acclaimed book originally published in 1980. It describes the dangerous yet fascinating activities of cave divers, groups of cavers and open water divers who have adapted diving technology in order to explore flooded cave systems. The book, though internationally comprehensive, is written from a British perspective, and the eventful history of British cave diving is described in detail. The other major section of the book describes all the most important international events, with particular stress on the amazing developments over the last ten years, most notably in the U.S., France, Switzerland, The West Indies, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. This new edition of 'The Darkness Beckons' thus incorporates much additional material, both historical anecdote and accounts of the most interesting recent dives. There are also many additional photos and diagrams. It is a chronicle of outstanding sporting endeavor, as yet little known outside an elite specialist world, but sure to inspire anyone with a taste for adventure."

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Martyn Farr is an internationally renowned caver and cave diver and is responsible for the discovery of many miles of subterranean wilderness. He has been caving from the age of ten, discovering new caves from the age of sixteen, and his life has been dominated by an elemental passion for exploration. Martyn began cave diving in 1971 and by 1981 had established a world record for undersea cave penetration in the Bahamas. In the UK he is known for his explorations in Wookey Hole, in 1977 and 1982, and the first subterranean traverse of Llangattock Mountain in Wales in 1986. He has made many expeditions worldwide, to Iran, Mexico, Borneo, China, Dominican Republic, Japan, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearics, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Australia and, most recently, New Zealand. Age has not diminished his enthusiasm or powers of endurance. In November 2012 he explored over a mile of new cave in South Island, New Zealand, and in 2013 and 2014 he made further solo discoveries of similar magnitudes in the same area. Original and exciting explorations are ongoing in Wales and Ireland. Martyn has worked as a cave diving instructor for many years and remains as passionate as ever. His photographic work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Daily Mail, and he has written eight books on this esoteric subject. He has helped produce any number of films and programmes for television and radio and taken countless celebrities underground, including princes William and Harry. He lives in Crickhowell, South Wales.

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