Trapped caver rescued from Stump Cross Caverns tunnel

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A caver who had become trapped in a complex of tunnels under a North Yorkshire visitor attraction was rescued after a seven-hour ordeal.

A rescue team was called to Stump Cross Caverns, near Grassington, after the experienced caver got into trouble.

The man, thought to be from the Harrogate area, was exploring an area not open to the general public.

A spokesman from Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue said the caver, who has not been named, was shaken but unhurt.

Controller of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Harry Long said 47 members of the association had been called to the scene shortly after 1200 GMT on Wednesday.

Nurse on hand

Mr Long said the caver had accessed a level in the complex below which usual visitors were allowed to go.

"The caver had got to an area known as the Clay Level and off to the side of that are branches and passages.

"He had been working on accessing an area no-one had got to, but had then got stuck."

Rescuers worked for seven hours to free the man and a nurse had got to the site in the cave to assess his medical condition.

Mr Long added: "There were no medical problems and there was a nurse close to him in the initial stages [of the rescue]."

Rescuers secured a harness to the man and pulled him clear.

He reached the surface and was taken care of by family members.

"There was no need for an ambulance, he was a bit shaken and just needed some hot food," Mr Long said.

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