PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Wednesday rescued seven Spanish spelunkers who had been trapped overnight in a cave in the Pyrenees region.
The Haute-Garonne prefecture launched a successful rescue operation in the morning, and said that the six men and one woman were “lifted out of a chasm” and are “tired but not injured.” Officials say a doctor is at the scene to provide a medical checkup.
Officials said that the Spaniards were part of a group of 15 explorers who began a descent on Tuesday afternoon and eventually got trapped. Eight managed to escape to the surface during the night, and contacted authorities at around 4 a.m. (0300 GMT).
Spain’s foreign ministry said that the Spanish consul in Toulouse went to the scene.
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Extreme weather and recent heavy rain have caused flooding in some caves in the mountainous region — well-known to cave explorers. It’s about 140 kilometers (85 miles) southwest of Toulouse and around 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Spanish border in the area of Arbas-Herran.