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Rescue workers try to free 2 trapped cavers in Poland

SeattlePI.com Sunday, 18 August 2019
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland.

The private broadcaster TVN said Sunday that rescue officials have not yet managed to make contact with the two, who became trapped Saturday in the Wielka Sniezna cave in the Tatra mountains.

Wielka Sniezna is the deepest and longest cave in Poland, consisting of a complex system of passages, wells and running water.

TVN quoted the head of the local rescue team, Jan Krzysztof, as saying that explosives would be used to widen passages in the cave in hopes of reaching the trapped cavers. He said the operation could take days or even weeks.

Experts from neighboring Slovakia are coming to help the rescue effort.
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News video: Rescue workers battle to save trapped cavers in Poland

Rescue workers battle to save trapped cavers in Poland 01:12

Rescue workers are battling to save two cavers trapped in a cavern in Poland's Tatra Mountains, in what is being viewed as one most difficult rescue operations in the history of Polish mountain rescue. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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