Two foreign nationals, Czech and Iranian divers, have been found dead in an
underwater cave off the island of Karpathos, in southeast Greece, local
authorities reported. The two men, aged 60 and 35, had dived to a depth of
45 meters inside the cave on Saturday.
A third diver who went inside the cave turned back due to a lack of air and broke surface, without finding his companions. He then alerted the authorities.
It is believed the two divers lost their way in the cave which has strong undercurrents and very low visibility. Divers from the Greek coast guard's Underwater Missions Team retrieved the bodies on Sunday afternoon.
The Vltava embankment near Podoli in Prague was closed to cyclists and
pedestrians for over an hour on Sunday morning after two men pulled a hand
grenade from the river.
Explosives experts confirmed it was a Mark II Fragmentation Hand Grenade from WWII which had been buried in the muddy bottom of the river for years. It was deactivated without the need to restrict cars and trams in the area.
Czech police officers helped Bosnian security forces destroy over 220kg of
heavy aerial bombs from World War II in an area close to Sana River in the
northwest of the country at the weekend, local media reported.
Twenty Czech police officers are currently deployed in Bosnia within the framework of cooperation in the field of security between the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Czech police divers have been involved in mine clearance in Bosnia since 2012.
Two divers on Wednesday broke the Czech national record for time spent
underwater. After a week and 15 minutes below the surface, they emerged
from a flooded quarry near Lišov in České Budějovice at 12:22.
David Vondrášek, a lecturer at the Prague Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, and his former student, Václav Gabriel, spent most of the week inside an underwater cabin at a depth of about ten metres.
Vondrášek was also the previous record holder, having spent 102 hours underwater in the same flooded quarry.
The demand for craft beer from mini-breweries has been growing the world over. The Czech Republic had just 40 min breweries a decade ago, whereas now it has over 400. And given the reputation of the country’s golden brew, it has plenty of know-how to share. The company TechOrg is engaging in one such venture in Bosnia, where it is offering the locals advice in terms of financing and technology as well as the know-how of Czech brew-masters. The aim is to support the rise of local breweries which would cater to local tastes. I spoke to the coordinator
A team of Czech divers and land surveyors are the first in Europe to have succeeded in scanning a flooded cave system. Using film footage from the water-filled Chýnov cave in south Bohemia, they created a detailed and accurate three-dimensional map. The main advantage of the so-called videogrammetry is its simplicity and speed.
The Czech Republic will send further financial aid to Bosnia and
Herzegovina to help deal with migrant crisis and improve border security,
the news site Novinky reported on Friday.
The proposal drafted by the Ministry of the Interior envisages aid to the tune of 25 million crowns. It is expected to win approval since the Czech stance to the migrant crisis is based on tightening border security and resolving the problem outside of Europe by helping the countries of migrant origin.
The proposal to provide financial aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina has also won support from the foreign affairs committee of the lower house.
Czech divers have apparently been able to find and explore the wreck of an
Austro-Hungarian submarine off the coast of Albania dating from WWI.
The wreck of the U16 had previously not been discovered or subject to a detailed exploration. The identity of the sub will have to be confirmed during further dives.
The submarine sank in mysterious circumstances in October 1916. It was probably sunk following an encounter with the Italian torpedo boat, Nembo.
One soldier died and another was injured following an explosion at a Czech
Army building in Vyškov, around 30 kilometres from Brno, on Tuesday. The
military academy complex has been sealed off but a spokesperson said there
was no danger of further blasts.
The incident, which took place before 9 am, is believed to have been an accident. The explosion took place in a basement area of the building, which houses both living facilities and offices.
Twenty-six people were evacuated from their homes in an apartment building in Prague 10 on Sunday night. Police, including pyrotechnics and other specialists were called by the family of a military items collector, worried about a device in his home being a possible landmine. On closer inspection, the item was revealed to be an alternator, but investigators found large amount of munitions and a radioactive item. Two other sites, in or near the town of Roztoky, were also searched. Police have not released additional details about the radioactive find.