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Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« on: August 18, 2019, 05:29:53 pm »
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/poland-cavers-rescuers-tatra-mountains

Reuters in Warsaw
Sun 18 Aug 2019 16.45 BST

Dozens of rescuers try to save two trapped cavers in Poland

Explosives could be used to open up route to pair trapped in cavern in Tatra mountains


More than two dozen rescue workers are battling to save two cavers trapped in a cavern in the Tatra mountains in Poland after a narrow tunnel flooded with water.

A representative of the rescue service said on Sunday it had not yet been possible to establish contact with the two cavers and that concern was growing because of their long exposure to extreme conditions.

Rescuers were preparing to use explosives to open a route to reach the two people but they said the process would not be quick.

Jan Krzysztof, the head of the Tatra volunteer search and rescue group, told the Polish broadcaster TVN: “The only way to get to them is through a series of very complicated pyrotechnic actions. We have the necessary materials but this will take a long time. We have to be ready for work that could last days if not weeks.”

The two cavers became trapped in the Wielka Śnieżna cave, the longest and deepest in the Tatra mountains, on Saturday and rescue services were notified by colleagues who had accompanied them on the excursion, TVN reported.

The first rescue group was sent in on Saturday evening and since then two more groups, including workers from the fire department in Krakow, had been dispatched, TVN said.

Krzysztof said additional support could come from Slovakian rescuers.

Rescue conditions were particularly difficult because of flooding that could also endanger the rescuers, TVN reported.

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 06:46:30 pm »
Fingers crossed for a good outcome, it sounds like a difficult and technical rescue.

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 09:41:38 pm »
Elif-O?!

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2019, 09:45:08 am »
Rescuers who are looking for two cavers in the Great Snowy Cave in the Tatras are still not in contact with the [missing cavers] 

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwiadomosci.onet.pl%2Fkraj%2Fposzukiwania-grotolazow-w-tatrach-akcja-w-jaskini-wielkiej-snieznej%2Fmsw646j

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2019, 08:56:58 am »
[ur=https://wiadomosci.wp.pl/tatry-jaskinia-wielka-sniezna-czwarty-dzien-poszukiwan-uwiezionych-grotolazow-dramatyczna-walka-z-czasem-6415475790567041al]https://wiadomosci.wp.pl/tatry-jaskinia-wielka-sniezna-czwarty-dzien-poszukiwan-uwiezionych-grotolazow-dramatyczna-walka-z-czasem-6415475790567041a[/url]

Google translation (part):
There is still no contact with the cavers trapped in the cave........ rescuers managed to widen another section of the [passage] using micro-discharges [?caps?]....However, they had to stop these tests on Sunday night, as carbon monoxide levels began to rise




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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 10:21:54 pm »
« Last Edit: August 22, 2019, 10:36:43 pm by martinr »

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2019, 10:15:03 am »
More bad news. Rescuers are assuming both cavers have died

"Although we have not yet reached the second of the searched cavers, we assume with great probability that he is also dead"
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwiadomosci.radiozet.pl%2FPolska%2FAkcja-w-jaskini-Wielkiej-Snieznej.-TOPR-przystepujemy-do-wydobycia-cial-grotolazow

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 10:31:40 am »

 :(

Sad news.  Must be awful for the rescuers have put so much effort in.

A little bit of me thinks "never say never" and I guess they'll not give up on finding the 2nd caver. 

Condolences to all those involved with the deceased.  RIP. 

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2019, 10:34:21 am »
Tough read, I always think rescues are going to be totally successful, no doubt due to the sheer number of rescues that are still shocks me when I read this terrible news.

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Re: Two cavers trapped in a cave in the Tatra mountains
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2019, 08:37:52 pm »
After the first body was found and the rescue abandoned without finding his companion, colleagues of the second missing caver have called for efforts to locate him to resume.

"TOPR was conducting a complicated rescue operation for many days, and we waited with suspense for the immediate release of our friends. Information coming from the Tatras no longer allows us to hold on to hope for a happy ending. Especially in the face of such difficult to understand TOPR decision to abandon the rescue operation. Despite failure to find one of our colleagues TOPR withdraws from activities in the cave and does not allow other rescue organizations on the spot"

"!n light of the official TOPR announcement on the cessation of further search and rescue operation of the missing second [caver] in Śnieżna Cave, please resume activities aimed at finding our second colleague .... Once again we are asking on behalf of the missing family to resume search and rescue operation in the Cave Śnieżna "

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwiadomosci.radiozet.pl%2FPolska%2FJaskinia-Wielka-Sniezna.-Koledzy-zaginionych-grotolazow-apeluja-o-zmiane-decyzji-TOPR