Spelunker trapped in a kilometer deep cave: Race against time to save him

The 40-year-old American speleologist is in critical condition and has been stranded at a depth of more than a kilometer in the Morca cave in Anamur, southern Turkey, since Sunday.

To ensure the effectiveness of the rescue operations, the intervention of an international team of experts, including eight Italian volunteers (including five of the Marches) specializing in national mountain cave rescue techniques and caving rescue troops, was requested: they set out at dawn. Passengers, who landed in Turkey on Wednesday, September 6 with commercial scheduled flights from Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino and Catania airports, set off in the afternoon to reach the base camp and assist in rescue operations.

“We are in direct contact with the civil protection department,” said Maurizio Dellantonio, national head of the national mountain and caving rescue associations, originally from Moena in Val di Fassa (TN), reached by phone. “We now know that Turkish, Bulgarian and Hungarian rescue teams are working tirelessly to rescue the man trapped in Morca cave, one of the deepest caves in the world, and stabilize the situation, including blood transfusions and drug treatments.”

American caver stuck in cave in Turkey

The American speleologist, who joined a group of 13 explorers on a scientific expedition, began to feel unwell early Sunday (September 3rd) due to stomach bleeding while deep in the ground.

His teammates did their best to trigger the rescue by alarming local authorities, but the situation is really complex and determined by the depth of the 40-year-old American’s whereabouts: there are no telecommunication devices that can alert people. its clinical picture is revealed in real time, but everything has been entrusted to a group of rescuers and speleologists who must traverse tunnels and climbing wells to spread the conditions, taking dozens of hours before coming out into the sunlight. reach the age of 40.

On the one hand, telephone technicians are working by laying hundreds of meters of cable to bring the base camp to the surface to communicate with the unfortunate person’s cave, transmitting information more quickly. Rescue teams were brought together in the region to plan the response and recovery strategy, carried out in cooperation with Ecra (European Cave Rescue Association) and Bulgarian Cave Rescue Association. However, as the situation was really complicated, Turkish rescue teams requested international assistance.

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(Top photo ‘Bulgaria Cave Rescue’ and ‘Hungarian Cave Rescue Service’)

Source: Today IT