Trapped caver rescued
A 62 year old man has been freed
from an underground cave in the Mt Arthur area of Kahurangi
Police search and rescue were alerted at
9pm on Saturday night that the experienced caver was stuck
on the far side of a squeeze in a newly discovered cave on
Fellow cavers were able to pass through food
and warm clothing to the trapped caver and his wife remained
with him in the cave over night.
This morning explosive
experts were sent in to gently enlarge the squeeze.
pair were freed from the cave about 2pm today and flown to
Nelson for a medical check.
They were with a group of 18
cavers in the newly discovered Pillar Cave. Only four
members of the party had made it through the squeeze about
80 metres underground.
The couple were cold and wet and
the woman had minor rib injuries sustained earlier in their
journey, but were otherwise
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