Six speleologists trapped in French cave

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French authorities increasingly worried over the fate of six speleologists trapped in a cave

   DESERVILLIERS, France, January 78 2008 - French authorities were growing
increasingly worried on Monday over the fate of six speleologists trapped in a
cave for the past 48 hours in eastern France.
   The six cave explorers, aged between 29 and 45, entered the Biefs Bousset
cave in the Doubs region bordering Switzerland on Saturday and were apparently trapped by rising waters from heavy rain.
   "We must not be pessimistic but it is worrying," said regional prefect
Jacques Barthelemy.
   "The more time goes by, the more worrying the situation becomes, because it
is one of the biggest caves in France."
   Some 25 rescuers and about 40 firefighters were on site Monday to try to
locate the six men, who were all considered experienced speleologists.
   The men were wearing warm clothes that could allow them to withstand the
humidity and had enough food to hold out for a week, according to Eric David
from the French Speleo rescue services.
   "They have survival blankets and all know the rules to cope with being
trapped," said David.
   If they are not hurt, they can hold out for between five days and a week,
he said.

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