Stuck Woman Traps South African Cave Group

An overweight woman who was warned she was too large by the cave managers for the Cango Caves in Western Cape got stuck and trapped fellow spelunkers for more than 10 hours until rescue workers could free the woman.  Included in the unfortunate group was a diabetic who needed insulin and two asthmatic children.  Fortunately, a rescue worker was able to climb over the woman to deliver the insulin to the diabetic.  Eventually the workers were able to use paraffin to grease the woman to pull her out.  Hein Gerstner summed up the days event with “We believe what goes in, must come out again. People get stuck all the time – that’s one of the unfortunate things that happen, it’s part of the adventure.”

As reported on the BBC web site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6225301.stm 


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