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
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
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ