Report #13 of the EJIDO JACINTO PAT EXPLORATION EXPEDITION
Tuesday, July 9th, 1996.
In reference to the incident that took place on Sunday,
June 16th regarding the
arrest of six people including cave divers German Mendoza and Chuck Jones along
with others for removing artifacts from a Cenote in Cozumel. As stated by
letters from Chuck Jones, it boiled down to petty jealousy between two Mexican
bickering about jurisdiction and who had authority. Typical.
that the cave divers were "caught in the middle" of the mess.
This past weekend
I saw German Mendoza at the Cenote PonDeRosa teaching a cavern diving course.
He gave me a copy of the letter granting permission to work with the Mexican
Federal Agency called INAH. All charges were dropped and the Mexican
authorities apologized to the cave divers for the circumstances involved. Case
closed. Doesn't make up for the embarrassment they suffered. German was
about how he and company were treated negatively by a few comments or letters in
For an update on Tony DeRosa, he is back from Houston as of Monday, June 30th.
Completely better and healed from the Kidney Stones. He looks great and feels
Villas DeRosa's new building is near completion. The new pool is in place.
FINAL REPORT on the project will go out this next week in the mail. Just got
the "TEAM PHOTOS" back. Will send to all team members, sponsors and friends a
copy. Ed Grossenbacher of Austin, Texas has been exploring every day since
June 23rd. Going strong. The "Electric Fish" continues to shine. Breaking
200,000 feet will be no problem this summer.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE completed a story on the exploration of the two major cave
systems located on the EJIDO JACINTO PAT properties - Nahoch Nahoch Chich &
Sistema Ejido Jacinto Pat (Dos Ojos). The writer is David Plank. He
interviewed by telephone several people from Florida and Mexico, etc. Alot of
erroneous information was given by two people. It appears it will be another
"yellow journalistic" approach will be published. Apparently, the Dos Ojos side
will get "the shaft". Fortunately, because over 50 cave divers participated and
over 40 sponsors and donaters know the "true facts" it will be interesting to
judge the credibility of the "quotes" given by the individuals. We will know,
when the article appears in a few months.
FANTASTIC cave system being currently explored. Called Sistema CHACH MUL.
Located directly across Hifgway 307 from Puerto Aventuras, it is owned by a
Mayan family. Gary and Kay Pozda Walten get "big credit" for exploing the main
trunks of this huge conduit. The got "wind" of it from friends, asked
permission to dive and explore by the Mayan family. Pushed it over 2500 feet
downstream and over 3500 feet upstream. The passageways are humongous!!
Makes the "Jumna River" of theSistema Taj Mahal look like a major restriction.
Both directions suddenly change to "side mount" passages. The most incredible
feature is a stalagtite that starts at 34 feet depth of water falls to a depth
of 74 feet at the tip. 39 feet long. Awesome! The floor depth at this
particular point reaches 95 feet. Cave averages about 40 feet in depth. Easy
access. Lots of percolation which is normal but will gradually dissappear as
more and more cave divers tour it!
Many thanks to the NACD and Elena Casson for putting together the RAFFLE TICKET
idea for the drawing to take place at the NACD Seminar in November.
This Raffle winning ticket will receive two "all included" stays at VILLA
DEROSA/AQUATECH....... free. Should draw alot of interest!
Hope all is going great! I'm having my best year since moving here in 1992.
Getting married, bought a Condo, and teaching/working too much. Plus, helped
establish the new World's Record for Underwater Cave System - Sistema Ejido
Jacintp Pat whose running total now has past 185,000 feet and growing. Facts
and figures never lie!
Maintain. STEVE GERRARD