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Injured man rescued after 54 hours trapped in cave

A man in his 40s has been rescued from one of the UK’s deepest caves after spending more than two days trapped inside.

The caver, who suffered a suspected broken jaw, leg, and spinal injuries, was brought out of a site in the Brecon Beacons in Wales at around 7.45pm.

The rescue mission involved more than 240 people from ‘most rescue teams in Britain’.

They worked together by inching him nearly two miles to safety on a stretcher with an oxygen mask on.

Described as an experienced caver, the man had been trapped since Saturday at around 1pm after suffering a fall.

08.11.21 - Picture shows happy rescuers returning to base after the successful rescue of a man who fell while caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu two days ago.
Rescuers returning to base after the successful rescue (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)
08.11.21 - Picture shows a Mountain Rescue Ambulance at the scene in the continued efforts to save a man who fell while caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu two days ago.
Mountain Rescue Ambulance at the scene (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)

South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team spokesperson Peter Francis, 74, said: ‘This is the longest rescue we’ve ever done but we’re very pleased with the progress being made.

‘The caver was very unlucky here. He’s an experienced caver, a fit caver. And it was a matter of putting his foot in the wrong place.

‘He wasn’t in a dangerous part of the cave, it’s just something moved from under him.’

Rescuers near Penwyllt, Powys in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, where a rescue mission is underway to save a man who has been trapped inside a cave in the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system, after falling on Saturday. Because of the injuries suffered in the fall the trapped man is said to be unable to climb out of the cave. Picture date: Monday November 8, 2021. PA Photo. At least eight rescue teams from across the UK have joined the operation, including the Gloucester Cave Rescue Group, Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation, Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, Mendip Cave Rescue, South East Cave Rescue Organisation, Cave Rescue Organisation, and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Rescuers near Penwyllt, Powys in the Brecon Beacons (Picture: PA)
Rescuers at the entrance of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system near Penwyllt, Powys in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, as rescue mission is underway to save a man who has been trapped inside a cave, after falling on Saturday. Because of the injuries suffered in the fall the trapped man is said to be unable to climb out of the cave. Picture date: Monday November 8, 2021. PA Photo. At least eight rescue teams from across the UK have joined the operation, including the Gloucester Cave Rescue Group, Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation, Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, Mendip Cave Rescue, South East Cave Rescue Organisation, Cave Rescue Organisation, and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The entrance of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system (Picture: PA)

The man is believed to have fallen more than 50ft from an underground ledge in the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system – the UK’s third longest – near Penwyllt, Powys.

He was crushed by a boulder, leaving him unable to get out.

Mr Francis added to Sky News: ‘To actually carry somebody in a stretcher, this is a 60 hour job. It’s unbelievable.

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