A massive underground rescue operation to free an injured caver, trapped in a remote pothole in the Yorkshire Dales, has ended in tragedy after he died just as teams were about to try and bring him to the surface.
Almost 100 rescuers spent more than 17 hours trying to bring the man to safety.
He fell 20 feet down Curtain Pot, in the Fountains Fell area, whilst exploring a narrow unmapped cave yesterday lunchtime.
He had suffered a suspected broken leg but died just before rescuers were about to try and bring him to extricate him.
In a report on the Cave Rescue Organisation website, volunteers explained that the man sustained a suspected fractured femur.
"The casualty was provided care by a team doctor assisted by trained casualty carers, who monitored his condition, as well as packaging him for the eventual extrication.
"Unfortunately, due to the nature of his injuries, and the extended time needed to create a navigable way out, the casualty succumbed to his injuries and died just prior to the extrication beginning."
They calculated that 94 volunteers worked for a total of 1,626 hours.