Italian expert to spend months in cave

June 21st, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Cagliari (Sardinia), June 21 (DPA) An Italian speleologist or cave specialist plans to descend 50 metres below the ground in an effort to break the world record for time spent living in a cave which currently stands at 366 consecutive days. Doctors will wire up the body of the 51-year-old Giancarlo Sulas with electrodes allowing them to constantly monitor his health during what was described Saturday as a scientific experiment.

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Cagliari-Monserrato on the island of Sardinia hope to learn more on how humans adapt to living in cramped, dark and damp conditions over long periods of time, the ANSA news agency said.

The Campanaccio cave in Sardinia, where Sulas intends to spend the coming months, has also been fitted with video cameras to relay images of his progress.

Another Italian Maurizio Montalbini holds the current world record which he set spending just over a year underground in the early 1990s.

Montalbini’s recent attempt to beat his own record failed when in June 2007 he re-emerged after 235 days from a cave in Italy’s central Marche region.

Montalbini nourished himself with food pills but also a small supply of honey, nuts and chocolate while drinking water from a pipe connected above ground.

He was found to have lost 21 kg but was otherwise declared in good health.

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