Missing cavers rescued in SW France

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

LA PIERRE SAINT-MARTIN, France, July 15 (AFP) - Rescue workers in southern France on Thursday pulled seven cavers who went missing during an underground trek to the surface, emergency services said.

LA PIERRE SAINT-MARTIN, France, July 15 (AFP) - Rescue workers in southern France on Thursday pulled seven cavers who went missing during an underground trek to the surface, emergency services said.  

The seven, who went missing during a descent in the Pyrenees mountains near France's border with Spain, were all located safe and sound late Wednesday after going missing for more than 50 hours.  

"All we did was sleep while we waited for the rescuers," said 51-year-old Herve Dumay, the first caver brought to the surface.   

"I thought I could not walk, I thought I wouldn't be able to get out, I couldn't even lift my arm," said Marie, the sole woman in the group and the last to be rescued.  

The group, six men and a woman, set out midday Monday on an expedition in La Pierre-Saint-Martin, an underground area near the border which would normally take between 20 and 30 hours to cross, firefighters and rescuers said.  

The cavers, members of a club based in the Paris suburbs, were all "very experienced, highly competent and qualified," said Bernard Tourte from the French federation of speleology.

© AFP

 

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