Operation to extract American researcher from one of the world’s deepest caves advances to 700m

A medical team takes care of American caver Mark Dickey, center, 40, inside the Morca cave near Anamur, southern Turkey, on September 09, 2023.

A medical workforce takes care of American caver Mark Dickey, middle, 40, contained in the Morca cave close to Anamur, southern Turkey, on September 09, 2023.
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Rescue groups on September 10 in Turkey efficiently carried an American researcher up from the depth of a cave at 1,040m to the 700-metre mark the place he’ll relaxation at a base camp earlier than they proceed the taxing journey to the floor.

An skilled caver, Mark Dickey, 40, began vomiting on September 2 due to abdomen bleeding whereas on an expedition with a handful of others within the Morca collapse southern Turkey’s Taurus Mountains, one of many deepest on the earth, based on specialists.

A rescue operation started September 9 afternoon with docs, paramedics and skilled cavers from throughout Europe speeding to assist. They arrange small medical base camps at numerous ranges alongside the shaft, offering Mr. Dickey a chance to relaxation through the gradual and arduous extrication.

“Mark was delivered to the campsite at -700 meters as of 03:24 native time (GMT+3). At this stage, he’ll set out once more after resting and having the mandatory remedies,” the Speleological Federation of Turkey wrote on its official account on X, previously often called Twitter.

Turkish authorities mentioned there are 190 personnel from eight international locations participating within the operation, 153 of them search and rescue specialists.

Probably the most difficult a part of the rescue operation is widening the slender cave passages to permit stretcher strains to cross by way of at low depths, Yusuf Ogrenecek of the speleological federation beforehand mentioned.

The extraction is anticipated to take as much as 10 days relying on his situation.