Belgian woman rescued from cave

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8 August 2007, MADRID(AP) - A Belgian speleologist was rescued early Wednesday from a cave in northern Spain after being trapped for four days at a 600-metre depth, officials said.

8 August 2007

MADRID(AP) - A Belgian speleologist was rescued early Wednesday from a cave in northern Spain after being trapped for four days at a 600-metre depth, officials said.

Annette van Houtte, 49, had an accident Sunday in a cave around Isaba, in the region of Navarre near the Pyrenees. She broke three toes of her left foot, which prevented her from coming to the surface along with other four speleologists of her group, the Civil Guard said.

Rescue teams, including cave divers from France, were sent late Sunday to search for the woman in an operation the Civil Guard described as highly complex and dangerous. Around 100 people took part in the rescue operation.

As soon as she was rescued shortly after 5:30 a.m., she was taken to a hospital in Pau in neighbouring France for treatment.

The Civil Guard said Van Houtte, a veteran speleologist, was "safe and sound" and only sustained injuries in her left feet.

[Copyright AP 2007]

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