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Drama as five people trapped in flooded cave near Cheddar

FIVE young adult cavers had a lucky escape after getting trapped underground by floodwater near Cheddar in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews were sent to East Water Cavern in Priddy at about 1.30am following a call for assistance from police and cave rescue teams.

A spokesperson for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were requested to assist with pumping water out of the cave system to allow for the safe extrication of the trapped cavers.

“Crews used various lines and equipment to traverse the steep terrain to help locate the cave entrance before using light portable pumps and hose reels to remove the water and lighting equipment to assist the cave rescue teams.”

It was not until 3.15am that all the cavers rescued before being declared  fit and well by on-scene paramedics.

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