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    German scientist trapped in cave for 11 days in Bavarian Alps

    A German potholer trapped for 11 days 3,300 ft underground, is expected to finally reach the surface today.

    52-year old scientist Johann Westhauser was badly injured in a rockfall in the Bavarian Alps, but despite that has been cheerful and communicating with searchers who have been struggling to bring him to the surface for days now, in a huge, complicated operation costing millions and involving teams from across Europe. A doctor had to climb down 2.5 miles to treat him.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27916455

    The picture shows Johann on a stretcher, but the team were still deep underground and haven't quite managed to reach the surface yet.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...e-cave-germany
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    'It involves pulling the cave researcher up a 180-metre high vertical wall.'

    http://www.thelocal.de/20140619/inju...-from-daylight

    Oh my gosh.
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    Video of earlier part of rescue here.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/wor...-1226957308959
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    Searches actually reached Johann four days ago, but have been struggling to bring him to the surface since then. He has a bad head injury, but hopefully the doctor was able to stabilise him.

    This is one time that the famous German love of equipment and technology really came in useful! The search conditions have just been unbelievable.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...eing-days.html
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    May be rescued within an hour or two, with luck. Article's in German and I can't translate it properly.

    Johann's a physics professor, I think, and actually discovered the cave he was injured in.

    http://www.rp-online.de/panorama/ausland/#redirect

    Article in Dutch here, in case anyone finds that easier....

    http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4496/Buite...e-grond.dhtml?
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    Well, he was found days ago - it was just getting him outta there. But Johann has been taken off to hospital by helicopter now, and hopefully will make a full recovery. Congratulations to all those brave, brave search and rescue personnel from across Urope, whose hard efforts made this possible. Fantastic.
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    Amazing photos of the operation at this link.

    http://www.thelocal.de/galleries/1/e...s-deepest-cave
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    The team had to pull him by hand through a narrow passage for the last stretch. Johann was treated by a medical tent set up at the cave mouth.

    The name of that cave system, translated, means 'massive thing'.

    Yes, well. Quite.

    http://www.dw.de/cave-researcher-joh...tem/a-17720442
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    There will be a presser in just under an hour. In German.........help!

    http://www.bergwacht-bayern.de/index...168d2aec1c5eb0
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    He had to be winched up thru shaft 900 feet high. Couldn't use a mechanical aid because of the risks and tiny spaces.

    Condition not known at the moment but Johann has head and chest injuries.

    Nobody's sure who is going to cover the huge costs of the recovery operation yet.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27922781
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    Video at link of the moment the team brought Johann out of the cave:

    http://www.focus.de/wissen/mensch/na...d_3932736.html
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    Great story, thanks for sharing!

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    This is an amazing story. Very lucky man. The first team with a doctor had to turn back and another doctor had to be found that could make the journey into the cave. I am so impressed with this rescue operation.

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