5 Trapped Men Rescued From Cyclops Cave in Virginia

first_imgStay on target Emergency crews recently rescued five men who were trapped inside Cyclops Cave, a deep underground area located in southwest Virginia, after the group was unable to leave due to bad weather.On Sunday afternoon, crews confirmed that all five men were retrieved out of the cave, WJHL News reported. The men, who were between the ages of 34 to 59 years old, were suffering from fatigue and hypothermia after being stuck in the underground area since Saturday.Russell County EMA director Jess Powers told WJHL that six men entered the cave yesterday, and intended to camp there. Once they arrived there, heavy rain reportedly saturated the space, and made it difficult for the group to exit by themselves.Thankfully, one man in the group was able to get out of the cave and call 911 to alert authorities, CBS News noted. Retrieving the five men wasn’t an easy process though: On Sunday, the rescue operation began at 10:30 a.m. EST and wrapped up at approximately 6 p.m. EST. Officials said that the men were 120 feet underground and didn’t come with the right type of climbing equipment.Remaining 3rd, 4th, and 5th men all rescued. All have been rescued successfully at this time. Rescue personnel retrieving equipment and beginning demobilization efforts. Very proud of all rescue personnel from multiple local and state groups and agencies.— Jeff Stern (@SternJD) April 28, 2019According to Powers, Cyclops Cave received its name for its “bubble-like formation,” also known as the “eye” of the Cyclops, and remains a popular destination for explorers in the state. However, Cyclops Cave is on private property, so people don’t have permission to walk around or camp there, CNN reported.Powers said four of the men were taken to a nearby hospital, while the other man was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.More on Geek.com:Puppy Rescued From California Canyon Turns Out to Be…Not a PuppyMore Than 40 Animals Rescued From Gaza ‘Zoo of Sorrows’Watch: Florida Woman Rescues Snake Stuck in a Beer Can Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more