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Rescue workers battle to save trapped cavers in Poland

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Rescue workers battle to save trapped cavers in Poland

Rescue workers battle to save trapped cavers in Poland

Rescue workers are battling to save two cavers trapped in a cavern in Poland's Tatra Mountains, in what is being viewed as one most difficult rescue operations in the history of Polish mountain rescue.

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The cavers became trapped in the Wielka Sniezna cave, the longest and deepest in the Tatra mountains, on Saturday (August 17) after a narrow tunnel flooded with water, blocking their exit.

"The operation takes place in an extremely narrow place and no one said it is going to be easy," said Jan Krzysztof, head of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue group.

Rescue services were notified by colleagues who had accompanied them on the excursion.

The first rescue group was sent in on Saturday evening and since then two more groups, including workers from the fire department in Krakow, have been dispatched.

Additional support could come from Slovak rescuers, Krzysztof told reporters.

It has not yet been possible to establish contact with the two cavers and concern was growing due to their long exposure to extreme conditions, a representative of the rescue service said.

Rescue conditions were particularly difficult due to flooding which could also endanger the rescuers.




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