Injured caver rescued from Tennen mountain

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 16 Aug, 2014 Updated Sat 16 Aug 2014 16:15 CEST
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In the early hours of Saturday morning, mountain and cave rescue teams announced that they had successfully rescued injured Polish explorer Marek G., who was seriously injured as the result of a fall while exploring a deep cave.


Two days after his seven-meter fall in the Jack Daniel's cave in Salzburg's Tennengebirge mountain range, Marek G. was recovered by a team of up to 70 rescuers working through the night.  This was announced by the head of the mountain rescue team, Wilfried Seidl, around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Pole was then immediately transported by helicopter to a hospital. 

"The patient was recovered from the cave and is ready for evacuation by helicopter," said Seidl.  He was "stable and well looked after." 
A team of paramedics and a specialist cave rescue doctor were with the victim. 

Photo: APA (Neumayr/MMV)
The Pole went with five compatriots into the near-vertical cave for research purposes. In the fall he suffered leg and chest injuries and a concussion. The accident occurred on Thursday morning at about 2.00 p.m.  
According to the spokesperson of the Salzburg mountain rescue team, Marie Riedler, the explorer was recovered on Saturday at around 2:18 a.m. from the Jack Daniel's cave. The rescue had been delayed near the end because the rescue team had to make complex technical alterations to a pulley, Riedler told the Austrian Press Agency. 
The rescue authorities had requested a suitable army helicopter for night flight, with the pilot and co-pilot using night vision goggles.
In the cave entrance a 35-square-metre heated and backlit medical tent had been set up with medical equipment for emergency response, if a helicopter flight would not have been possible due to adverse weather conditions. 
On Friday afternoon, the injured man had been still at approximately a depth of 160 meters. 
The injured man is now resting comfortably in hospital, and receiving all necessary treatment.

Photo: APA (Neumayr/MMV)



The Local 2014/08/16 16:15

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