Bodies of trapped cavers extracted

Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR) have extracted the bodies of two cavers who got trapped by water in mid-August in the Great Snowy Cave in the Tatra Mountains.

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A TOPR chopper transported the bodies to a hospital in the town of Zakopane on Thursday. A prosecutor was present at the hospital’s helicopter landing pad. The bodies are to undergo post mortems during which the cause of the cavers’ deaths will be investigated.

The rescue mission in the Great Snowy Cave was launched on August 17. While exploring uncharted corridors of the largest and deepest cave in the Polish Tatra Mountains, the two cavers were separated from their group of six by a torrent of water. Four of the cavers managed to leave the cave and call the TOPR.

Despite being aided by the Slovak Mountain Rescue Service, firefighters and the Polish Army to broaden the narrow corridors using explosives, by the time the rescuers managed to reach the cavers it was too late.

The first caver’s body was located on August 22, the second on August 30. Operating on a rotational basis, several dozen rescuers were engaged in the rescue mission.