German cave rescue of Johann Westhauser can begin, doctors say
Researcher has been stuck 1 km underground since suffering head injuries in a rock fall Sunday
Rescuers say a 52-year-old German explorer who was injured in a fall deep inside an Alpine cave is well enough for the evacuation process to begin.
Researcher Johann Westhauser has been stuck a kilometre underground since suffering head injuries in a rock fall Sunday inside the Riesending cave system near the town Berchtesgaden in southern Germany.
Andreas Wolf said Thursday that some 30 rescuers from Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland are in the cave preparing the evacuation.
Westhauser was spelunking with two colleagues when the rock fall happened some six kilometres from the entrance.