Rescuers: German researcher nearly out of cave

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 11:47 PM EDT
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BERLIN (AP) - Alpine rescue crews say a German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago.

Germany's mountain rescue service said after a short pause overnight, its team resumed work early Thursday morning and brought Johann Westhauser the final 180 meters (590 feet) to the surface just before noon.

The going had been slow as rescuers had to haul Westhauser by hand through the narrow winding passage.

Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border.

Rescuers say Westhauser was receiving immediate emergency medical care outside the cave.
Rescuers: German researcher nearly out of cave
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