Three Spanish Cavers Rescued from Pierre Saint-Martin System
A team of five Spanish cavers exploring the Pierre Saint-Martin / Gouffre des Partages cave system in the French Pyrénées ran into some trouble on Saturday. The group was attempting to make the 7.7 kilometer (4.8 mile), 832 meter (2,730 foot) vertical trip, between Tête Sauvage and Salle Verna, when three members of the team became exhausted.
A makeshift camp was made, and the remaining two cavers continued on for help, alerting the French rescue organization Spéléo Secours Français at 9:45PM. Early Sunday, a rescue was mounted and the group found. After the victims were warmed and replenished they were assisted out of the cave, the first emerging around 8:00PM, the final two around 10:00PM.
Opération de secours Réseau de la Pierre Saint Martin (64) [Spéléo Secours Français] & 3 Spanish cavers rescued from Pierre St-Martin system [Karst Worlds]