|The rescue in the Picos de Europa
A group of British potholers had to be rescued this Sunday after spending Saturday night trapped 100 metres below ground in the Picos de Europa. They were exploring the Asopladeru La Texa cave, on the south eastern face of Cabeza Muxa in Onís, Asturias, when flooding from heavy rainfall left them unable to find the guide rope which would lead them back to the surface.
The rescue team reached the first two members of the group at around 11am on Sunday, who EFE reports were then able to continue on to the surface themselves after being helped past the flooded area. Their team members, found further inside the cave some 20 minutes later, were exhausted and needed time to recover after being given food and drink before they could attempt the journey to safety.
It was the second rescue from the same cave in the space of a week, after another incident when two members of the British group were trapped for 3 hours after losing their guide rope. It’s understood there were no injuries suffered, except exhaustion, on either of the two occasions.
The group is reported by El Comercio Digital to have been carrying out a topographical survey of Asopladeru La Texa
Source: Typically Spanish