Rescuers free trapped caver

Rescuers have freed a caver who was trapped in a cave under Mt Arthur in Kahurangi National Park.

Bruce Mutton, an experienced caver and member of the Nelson Caving Club, said the 62-year-old man was about 100 metres from the entrance of Te Mana Nui cave, when he became stuck yesterday.

A group of about 20 cavers had already made it through a 15 metre-long tight section once, and ran into trouble on their way back, Mr Mutton said.

Police were alerted to the trapped man, an experienced caver, about 9pm yesterday.

"Fellow cavers were able to pass through food and warm clothing to the trapped caver," police said.

Mr Mutton, who was part of the team of cavers who discovered the link between the Nettlebed and Stormy Pot caves - the deepest cave system in the southern hemisphere - earlier this year, said he received a text message about 2pm saying the group was out.

The man was being checked over medical staff, Mr Mutton said.

The rescue team had to enlarge the hole to free the man, according to police.

The cave had been discovered earlier this month, Mr Mutton said.

- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ

 

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