Saturday, March 22, 2008

Four Safely Pulled Out of Cave

TOWNSEND, Tenn.—Rescuers found four cavers cold and wet but otherwise safe on Friday after they didn't return as planned from an overnight spelunking trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The four were brought out of the cave in good condition shortly before 8 p.m., about six hours after searchers made contact with them. The men had descended about 500 feet into the cave from its entrance, park spokesman Kent Cave said.

"They were at the bottom of the third of three major vertical drops in the cave," Cave said earlier Friday. "It's like rock climbing, but rock climbing in the dark with water falling over you. The vertical drops are basically waterfalls."

Rescue squad members had warm clothes, blankets and hot food waiting for the four.

Kent CAVE. Anybody think he changed his name?

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