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An injured potholer has been brought out alive from Germany's deepest cave system after twelve days below ground under the Alps.
He was caught in a rock fall and his head injuries meant he could not stand up, let alone climb out by himself. Some seven hundred rescuers were involved in bringing him slowly to the surface.
ITV News reporter Richard Pallot has the details:
A man who spent over 12 days underground after becoming injured while exploring caves in Germany, has now been airlifted safely to hospital.
Cave researcher Johann Westhauser was rescued by a team of people using sophisticated pulleys and harnesses for over a mile, until he was brought to the surface this morning:
A cave researcher who has been trapped underground since the 8th June, has finally been brought to the surface.
Suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground in Germany, Johann Westhauser was slowly brought up the cave system to emerge this morning.
"He left the cave at 9:44 am," said a rescue service spokesman, adding that medics were looking after him.
The injured researcher who is trapped in Germany's deepest cave, is only hours away from rescue if it remains on schedule, officials have said.
The man, named in German media as Johann Westhauser, was hit by falling rocks early on the 8th June in the Riesending cave system near Berchtesgaden, near the Austrian border.
A 52-year-old man, trapped in a cave system in Germany, is nearly half a mile below the surface.
Mountain rescue official Klemens Reindl told NTV television, that the mountaineer is “in one of the most difficult caves in Europe”.
The man, named in German media as Johann Westhauser, was hit by falling rocks early on Sunday in the Riesending cave system near Berchtesgaden, near the Austrian border.
A doctor has said the rescue of a severely injured man, trapped in Germany's deepest cave, "won't be easy."
Doctor Christoph Specht told news channel NTV: "The conditions are extremely narrow.
"There are only a few people in Germany who know how to handle such a rescue."
The cave on the border of Austria, has only been explored by researchers since 2002, is more than 19km long and up to 1.15km deep.
The 52-year-old cave explorer, named by local media as Johann Westhauser, is trapped in the cave at a depth of 1,000 metres.
Rescue workers in Germany are attempting to free a mountaineer who got trapped in a 1,000m-deep cave after getting injured a rockfall, police said.
The 52-year-old reportedly suffered head and body injuries while exploring the cave, one of the biggest in Europe, near Berchtesgaden in south-east Germany.