Real life Indiana Jane first to surf forbidden Paris Catacombs
These nail-biting images show an intrepid surfer in forbidden parts of the Catacombs of Paris.
Real-life Indiana Jane, Alison Teal, 30, from Hawaii, USA, took her bright pink board 150 metres underground to surf with over six million skeletons.
October 13th, Alison became the first person known to have completed the surfing quest in the world’s largest grave.
To reach the secret spot, the Hawaiian lass climbed down a drain and crawled through piles of human bones in the middle of the night.
Once Alison and her team of photographers reached the lowest level, she donned her bikini and went for a paddle.
Alison, who is also film-maker, said: “I grew up listening to my father telling me stories about the catacombs on Halloween.
“I’ve always wanted to be Indiana Jones and a surfer so I combined both dreams.
“We were taken down this secret passage way. It was very James Bond style.
“We were in the caves for ages, it was day light when we came back up.
She added: “The caves got narrower and narrower until we were crawling on all fours to get through. It was so suffocating, there was minimal oxygen and you couldn’t see far.
“It suddenly got crunchy and I looked down and saw we were crawling on skeletons.
“Skulls lined the walls and it smelled horrid. As soon as someone turned a corner, you had no idea where they went.
“We got down to one of the lowest levels when all of a sudden water started flooding the tunnels. It was time to surf.
“The water was freezing – some of the coldest I’ve been in and I was wearing just a bikini.”
After snapping the stunning shots, Alison and her team were shocked to realise the water level had risen.
She said: “After we took the paddling shots we couldn’t go back the way we came.
“We had to go through the water to the other side to get out.
“In the end we all had to swim through it and there was just a little gap at the top of the chamber to breathe.
“It was terrifying. I had to stop filming, it just became about survival.
“By the end we were just shaking.
Alison went with expert cavers as guides and warned others not to attempt this adventure, even if you’re a survival expert. A lot preparation went into this mission.
She said: “It’s one of the most dangerous things and I wouldn’t encourage others to do this. The place is a maze, just one wrong turn and you’d be lost for good.
Despite her the life threatening experience, Alison said she doesn’t regret completing her quest.
She said: “I think it changed my life, when we come back up we just looked at each other and agreed that it was the most life changing night.
“I didn’t go down there to be disrespectful, I believe in education through adventures.
“For me, being down there with all those lost soul, it was like stepping back in time.
“It was like walking through ancient history.”