Injured explorer Johann Westhauser rescued from Germany's deepest cave system after 12-day ordeal

June 19, 2014 11:16 AM

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Injured explorer Johann Westhauser rescued from Germany's deepest cave system after 12-day ordeal

An injured explorer trapped in Germany's deepest cave system for 12 days has finally been brought to the surface after a complex rescue operation, Bavaria's mountain rescue service says.

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 narrow tunnels.

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