|Deadly ... Porth yr Ogof caves|
Paul Esser, 21, died in 1971 on an expedition into one of Britain's most dangerous caving systems with pals.
The remains of the medical student from Surrey were found at the time. But after several failed attempts it was deemed too risky to bring them back up.
When two rescuers recovered the body last week, members of Paul's family travelled to the Porth yr Ogof caves in Ystradfellte, Powys, from their home in Germany.
A police spokeswoman said: "It is a tragic story. But his remains have now been brought out and released to his family so they can have a proper funeral."
The Powys coroner yesterday recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Source: The Sun