Monday, December 22, 2014   

Rescuers to take one week to extract German cave explorer
(06-10 17:42)

Rescuers aim to extract a researcher trapped with a serious injury in Germany's deepest and longest cave by the end of the week.
The Bavarian mountain search and rescue service said a Swiss team expected to reach the 52-year-old cave explorer, who is lying injured at a depth of around 1,000 meters.
He is to be gradually lifted back to daylight by way of five bivouac stations that are being set up in the Alpine cave Riesending on the Austrian border over the next three to five days.
The researcher was exploring the cave with two other people early Sunday when he suffered head and chest injuries from falling rocks.
A 42-year-old member of the expedition climbed out of the cave on his own to get help and it took a team of four first responders 12 hours to reach the stricken man Monday.
The labyrinth-like Riesending cave, which has only been explored by researchers since 2002, is more than 19 kilometers long and up to 1,148 meters deep.--AFP
   
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