Man trapped in German cave 'hours from rescue'

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.

Johann Westhauser is brought through another cave system on the way to the surface. Credit: APTN

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.

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Emergency workers on top of the Berchtesgadener Alp mountain 'Untersberg'. Credit: Reuters

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Man trapped in Germany's deepest cave for 12 days rescued

A caver who has been trapped in Germany's deepest cave for 12 days has been rescued, according to reports. Johann Westhauser, who suffered head injuries, surfaced this morning after a long rescue operation.