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French Cavers Trapped

mrodoc

Well-known member
Good old Babel fish:
English:
Six speleologists left Saturday to explore the pit of the Boussets Levels in Deservillers (Doubs) were surprised by the rise of water and remained blocked under ground Monday, in spite of the mobilization of the helps which had not been able to locate them at the end of the afternoon. Three rescue squads tried in vain in the night of Sunday to Monday to come into contact with these experienced speleologists, originating in the area and themselves members in the Help French sp?l?o. "One should not be pessimistic but one can be legitimately worried. The more time passes and the more worrying it is because it acts of one of the largest pits of France ", declared the prefect of the Frank-comt? area, Jacques Barth?l?my, arrived on the spot towards 15H00 to take stock with the helps. "They are nevertheless experienced people, they are not beginners", he underlined. The six speleologists, old from 29 to 45 years, originating in Doubs, the Territory of Belfort and Meurthe-et-Moselle, were initially to leave ground Sunday in middle of day to Nans-under-Holy-Anne (Doubs), that is to say with eight kilometers of the place where they had started their forwarding. "the priority is to locate these people", underlined the captain Rapha?l Faivre, of the center of operation of fire and help of Doubs. "They have hot clothing which enables them to resist moisture", of the "covers of survival" and have food "to hold one week", observed for its part Eric David, technical adviser in Sp?l?o French help. "All are informed of the rules to last in situation of blocking", added Mr. David who estimates that, if they are not wounded, the speleologists are not in active danger to one period "five days to one week". Approximately 25 men of Sp?l?o help of Doubs and forty sappers firemen took part at the beginning of afternoon in the operations of research, at the same time from the entry and the exit of the cave. The plungers were not finally mobilized, water not having completely drowned the underground galleries. These last remain practicable with the stroke, ensured the helps. The rain, fallen in abundance all the night had made the progression very difficult in the vast underground grid of Verneau, running on about thirty kilometers between D?servillers and Nans-under-Holy-Anne (Doubs). It had calmed Monday midday and M?t?o France envisaged a lull for the three days to come. According to Eric David, the fall (of subsoil waters) started at the beginning of afternoon but the relief is too disparate to evaluate time that that will take to make it possible sp?l?oloques to release itself. The first-aid workers deployed under ground a network of telephone cables allowing them to communicate with surface and to leave to the wedged speleologists a means of contacting them if they can it. At the beginning of evening, a team was to explore the entry of the pit and "to go down to the siphon, a point charged with water, halfway located gallery some 5 km length", explained the colonel of the firemen Andr? Benkemoun. According to the quantity of water found with this "delicate passage", they will determine their future action.
 

rsch

Member
That's the top entrance of the Verneau through trip which is a) a cracking trip and b) not necessarily somewhere I would want to be at this time of year in unsettled weather. There's an awful lot of dry cave there, and the points at which the water levels get 'interesting' are very obvious.
 

rsch

Member
And a babel free version of that article...

Six cavers trapped underground by rising waters since saturday

DESERVILLERS (AFP) ? Six cavers who went into the Biefs Boussets at Deservillers (Doubs) on Saturday were surprised by rising waters and remain trapped underground as of Tuesday, despite the efforts of a rescue operation which still hadn?t located them early this morning.

A rescue team of two divers and nine porters entered the cave just before 6am on tuesday, according to a journalist from the Agence France Presse (AFP).

Eric Zipper of the SSF told the AFP that this team of members of the SSF (French Cave Rescue) is intended to pass a short sumped section at about 2km from the entrance, on the other side of which they hope to find the trapped cavers.

The rescuers have taken with them food, medicine and equipment to enable them to communicate with the surface.

They are working on the basis that the six cavers, aged from 29 to 45, have taken refuge in a dry section about 200m beyond the sump, which the rescuers should reach by the end of the morning.

Conditions are improving as the water is now going down, according to a rescue team member.

Over the course of Sunday night, three rescue teams failed to make contact with the experienced cavers, who are themselves members of the SSF and local to the area.

?There is no need to be pessimistic but it is realistic to be concerned. As time goes on, it becomes more a matter for concern, as it?s one of the biggest caves in France?, said Jacques Barth?l?my the pr?fet of the Franche-Comt? region, who visited the site at 3pm on Monday to catch up with the progress of the rescue operation. He repeated ?These are experienced people, not novices".

The six cavers, from the <places named>, should have emerged in the middle of Sunday near Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne (Doubs), a distance of 8km from where they started their trip.

SSF technical adviser Eric David said ?They have clothing that should keep them warm and dry, survival blankets and ?enough food to last a week??. ?They all know what they need to do in case of being flooded in,? he added, suggesting that if uninjured they should be ok for a period of 'five days to a week'.

Around 25 local cave rescuers and 40 members of the fire service took part in operations over the course of Monday, at both the top and bottom entrances to the system.

Divers were not used as the water hadn?t completely filled the cave, and the passages are still swimmable according to rescuers.

The rain which fell heavily on the preceding night made for very difficult progress in the extensive Verneau system, which covers about 30km between D?servillers and Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne (Doubs). By Monday lunchtime the rain had eased, and M?t?o France predicted calm conditions for the next three days.

According to Eric David, the water started going down early on Monday afternoon, but because of the size of the system it is difficult to predict how long it will take to go down enough for the cavers to get out.

The rescuers have set up a network of telephone cables to enable them to remain in contact with the surface, and for the trapped cavers to make contact if they do reach the equipment.

In the early evening, a team is to go all the way to the major temporal sump halfway through the system, according to fire chief Andr? Benkemoun, and further activities will depend on the amount of water at this critical point.
 
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AMW

Guest
I hope that all will be Ok, the system can flood very quickly and when it rains in the area it just keeps going. The resurgences are very big an indication of the catchment area, far beyond any thing in England and Wales  :) but the limestone area is far bigger  (y)

DSCN1893.jpg


The picture is the Lison in summer flow.

Andrew.
 
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AMW

Guest
From
http://www.europe1.fr/informations/articles/781275/speleologues-bloques--les-recherches-s-intensifient-dans-l.html

Sp?l?ologues bloqu?s : les recherches s'intensifient dans le Doubs
mardi 8 janvier 2008 12h00

Les recherches ont repris de fa?on intensive mardi matin pour retrouver les six sp?l?ologues qui sont coinc?s dans le gouffre des Biefs Boussets ? Deservillers, dans le Doubs, surpris par la mont?e des eaux. Les six hommes n'ont toujours pas ?t? localis?s alors qu'ils devaient initialement ressortir dimanche. M?me s'il s'agit d'un groupe exp?riment?, le pr?fet de r?gion s'est dit "pr?occup?" lundi, estimant que "plus le temps passe et plus c'est inqui?tant".


It states that at mid day today that an intensive search is under way but no sign of the missing caver's yet. From the rescue team.

"more time passes and more it is worrying".

Maybe this is a topic we should hold back on as it is still underway, from seeing the caves in flood it is very worrying.

Andrew.
 

rsch

Member
Two of the six have been met on their way out towards the bottom of the system by rescuers going in via the bottom entrance.

According to Europe1, which seems to be the most frequently updated news source.
 

rsch

Member
Two out, and the other four found by divers but apparently not able to be evacuated immediately due to the high water.

I'm not going to keep posting on this thread now, you can do your own research, but it sounds like it definitely could have been worse, even if it's not over yet...
 
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AMW

Guest
All are out safely

Les six sp?l?ologues bloqu?s depuis samedi dans une galerie souterraine ? D?servillers dans le Doubs sont de retour ? l'air libre. Deux d'entre eux avaient ?t? secourus mardi vers 16 heures. Les quatre autres sont sortis dans la soir?e, vers 22h30. Ces personnes exp?riment?es ont ?t? surprises par la mont?e des eaux.

Andrew.
 
Translation:-

The six speleologists blocked for Saturday in an underground gallery with D?servillers in Doubs have been back to the free air. Two of them had been helped Tuesday around 4 p.m.. The four others left in the evening, towards 22h30. These people experienced were surprised by the rise of water.

Thank you for the update.  Wonderful outcome.  (y)
 
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AMW

Guest
Merci de la traduction, j'a oubli? de la faire  (y)

Bien cordialement
Andrew

 
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