American trapped in Turkish cave progresses to surface
September 10, 2023 / 11:34 AM
Sharjah24 - AFP: An wounded US adventurer who had been stranded in a Turkish cave for eight days at a depth of more than 1,000 meters (3,280 ft) had been moved 300 meters toward the surface, according to rescuers.
Mark Dickey, 40, reported falling sick September 2 while exploring the Morca Cave in southern Turkey's Taurus Mountains with an international team.
Dickey fell ill at a depth of 1,120 metres and has been resting at a base camp 1,040 metres underground.
He was moved by rescuers on a stretcher, beginning just before 3:30 pm (1230 GMT) Saturday over a period of ten hours.
He is now at a depth of 700 metres and "has a horizontal but narrow passage between him and the campsite" where he can rest before continuing the journey up, the Turkish Caving Federation said on X, formerly Twitter.
An international team of medics and explorers as well as Turkish rescue workers were launched Tuesday and have given Dickey blood infusions and first aid.
The Morca Cave is Turkey's third deepest, according to the federation, running to a maximum depth of 1,276 metres.
Rescuers have said it could take several days to safely bring Dickey out.