Johann Westhauser, a 52-year old speleologist, injured his
head in a rock fall on June 8 and was unable to climb back to
the surface on his own as the ascent involved steep shafts and
The rescue took so long to complete because the injured man
could not stand and the ascent involves steep and narrow
horizontal and vertical shafts.
"He left the cave at 11.44 a.m. (0944 GMT)," said a rescue
service spokesman, adding that medics were looking after him.
Some 70 rescue workers were in the cave to help recover the man
while further teams, along with doctors, were waiting above
ground, the local mountain rescue service said.
The man was one of the researchers who discovered the Riesending
or "massive thing" cave system. Located near Bavaria's border
with Austria, it is 1,148 meters deep and has tunnels, shafts
and caves extending over 19.2 kilometers.
It normally takes 12 hours to climb from the site of the
accident to the surface.
(Reporting by Marcus Nagle; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing
by Stephen Brown)
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