Injured climber rescued from deep cave in Bavarian Alps

June 19, 2014 1:02 PM

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BERLIN -- Just before noon Thursday, German rescuers brought spelunker and physicist Johann Westhauser into the light, ending an 11 day rescue effort that had millions in this nation holding their breath, and debating the difficulty of keeping him alive as a rescue team moved from bivouac to bivouac deep under the Bavarian Alps.

Westhauser, a researcher, had been injured and trapped more than half a mile underground on June 8 in a recently discovered cave named only "the Giant Thing."

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