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Germany Cave Rescue Of Trapped Explorer Filmed
Video has emerged of painstaking attempts by emergency services to rescue a German explorer from a 1,000m-deep cave system.
Johann Westhauser, 52, suffered head injuries during a rock fall on Sunday 8 June while exploring the Riesending caves, near the town of Berchtesgaden by the Austrian border.
Film shot by Italian rescuers shows Mr Westhauser being carried on a stretcher stage-by-stage through the cave after spending nearly a week underground while waiting to be rescued.
In order to reach him the rescue team had to traverse difficult terrain including complex vertical shafts and narrow passages.
Doctors had to manoeuvre some 4km into the cave to reach Mr Westhauser and make sure he was fit and well enough to be brought out safely.
Mr Westhauser was exploring the cave system - the deepest of its kind in Germany - with two other people who were not hurt, when the rock fall happened 6km (3.7 miles) from the entrance.