Rescue Underway to Extract Injured Italian Caver
A cave rescue is currently underway in Serle, in the northern Italian province of Brescia.
According to initial reports, Anna Bonini a 36-year-old novice caver, suffered a fractured tibia and fibula while navigating a 3 meter (10 foot) drop inside the cave L’Omber en banda al Bus del Zel on Sunday afternoon.
The caver, on her sixth trip, was doing some exploration with 3 others when the accident took place. One of the team headed back and after a three-hour return trip to the surface, was able to call for help.
Rescuers made it to the scene yesterday evening, and have been preparing to extricate Anna, who has been stabilized on a stretcher, back to the surface ever since. Due to the tight quarters in some sections of the cave, rescuers are using explosives
provided by the military to enlarge some of the tightest spots enough to allow the stretcher to pass.
In the meantime, Anna prepares for her second night in the cave. It is expected she will be out sometime tomorrow morning.
A phone line has been installed in the cave to help coordinate the 70 or so rescuers, approximately 40 of which are working in the cave at any given time.
At approximately 20 kilometers long and 800 meters deep, L’Omber en banda al Bus del Zel is the deepest and longest cave in the province of Brescia and is a popular destination for cavers.
Update: The injured caver made it out of the cave at 6:30 AM Italian time. Thanks Andrea Scatolini
Speleologa ferita: per Anna seconda notte in grotta [ANSA.it via reader T. Robert Harris], Speleologa bloccata a 250 metri di profondità [Calabriatg24.it], Speleologa ferita in una grotta a Serle In corso operazioni di salvataggio [Il Giorno]