Wednesday, October 22, 2014   

Injured German caver rescued after 11-day ordeal
(06-19 18:30)

German rescuers brought to safety an injured caver, ending his 11-day ordeal and a massive recovery operation deep below the Bavarian Alps.
Explorer Johann Westhauser, 52, suffered serious head injuries in the accident about 1,000 meters below ground in the Riesending cave complex, Germany's longest and deepest.
Since then a multi-national team of hundreds of emergency personnel battled around the clock in a complex and costly operation to bring him to the surface.
Rescuers placed Westhauser on a fibreglass stretcher and negotiated a treacherous and labyrinth-like network of tunnels and chambers, underground lakes and ice-cold waterfalls.
The rescue operation involved rest periods in five bivouac stops, followed by a major final hoist up a 180-meter vertical shaft near the entrance to the cave, officials said.
Veteran caver Westhauser was exploring the cave system with two others when he suffered head and chest injuries in the rock fall on June 8.
One of his companions made the more than 10-hour trip back to the surface to raise the alarm while the other stayed behind.
The Riesending cave, north of the city of Berchtesgaden, was only discovered in the mid-1990s and was not explored and mapped until 2002. It is more than 19 kilometers long and up to 1,150 meters deep.--AFP   
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