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Rescue operations ongoing as crews in Turkey carry trapped US cave explorer closer to surface

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« Emergency crews were seen outside the Morca cave near Anamur in southern Turkey on Monday amid an ongoing rescue operation to free US explorer Mark Dickey, who had fallen ill while exploring the cave at a depth of 1,040 metres (3,410 feet).
Footage shows rescuers taping off an area surrounding the cave’s entrance in the Taurus Mountains, while others could be seen with harnesses near the opening. A network of tents and emergency vehicles are also seen near the Morca cave, which is thought to be one of the deepest in the world.
American speleologist Mark Dickey reportedly began vomiting due to stomach bleeding while on an expedition with several others on September 2.
According to reports, rescue teams were able to carry the 40-year-old to a depth of 700 metres on Sunday, where he will rest at a base camp before continuing to the surface.
« Mark was delivered to the camp at -700 metres as of 03:24 local time (GMT+3). At this time, he will depart again after resting and undergoing necessary treatments, » the Speleological Federation of Turkey wrote on its official X account, formerly known as Twitter.
Turkish authorities said the operation involves 190 people from eight countries, 153 of them search and rescue experts.
Dickey’s extraction is expected to take up to 10 days, depending on his condition, authorities said. »

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