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7 people rescued after 39 hours locked in Indiana cave

CORYDON, Ind. – Seven people who became trapped by high water while exploring a southern Indiana cave were rescued after 39 hours underground, officials said Monday.

The last of the cavers were brought above the ground for about 3 hours, Monday, after the introduction of Binkley’s Cave near Corydon, noon Saturday, Indiana Conservation Officer Jim said Hash. Emergency workers were called as the cavers do not arise at 3 a.m. Sunday as scheduled, ” he said.

Rescuers had to wait about eight hours before high water in the cave to take off at a rate of 3 inches an hour, so they could reach the group, said Hash. The temperature of the water was 40 degrees or colder, Hash said, and rescuers had to brave water chest or neck-deep. The group was a few hours from the cave entrance.

As many as 50 professionals and local cave experts responded to the scene, Hash said, including the Red Cross. Another advantage was that some of the cavers had as much as 20 to 40 years of experience.

“This group was very well prepared,” said Hash. “They had enough food, enough water.”

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Hash described the group as hobbyists, doing a research of the cave, which is part of a miles-long cave system. Officials say that the cavers were treated for mild hypothermia and exposure.

Corydon is 25 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.

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