Seven cavers missing in southwest France

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PAU, France, July 14 (AFP) - Rescuers Wednesday were searching for seven French cavers who went missing while on an expedition in the Pyrenees mountains near the Franco-Spanish border, officials said.

PAU, France, July 14 (AFP) - Rescuers Wednesday were searching for seven French cavers who went missing while on an expedition in the Pyrenees mountains near the Franco-Spanish border, officials said.

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

They said late Wednesday the group had been missing for more than 50 hours.

Another group which had been ahead of the missing cavers sounded the alarm when they did not arrive at the other end.

The seven were all "very experienced, highly competent and qualified," Bernard Tourte from the French federation of speleology said.

Pierre-Saint-Martin is a winding mass of caves that runs beneath the Pyrenees south of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, itself some 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of Bordeaux.

 

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