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American man Mark Dickey has been safely rescued from one of Turkey's deepest caves

Stewart Perrie

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American man Mark Dickey has been safely rescued from one of Turkey's deepest caves

Mark Dickey has been safely rescued after becoming stuck in one of Turkey's deepest caves.

A desperate mission was launched to bring the American back to the surface after he became trapped almost 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) below the Morca cave’s entrance.

He became ill with stomach bleeding and desperately needed medical attention.

An international team comprising Turkish authorities and more than 150 cave rescue experts were involved in the rescue.


It was feared the mission could take days or even weeks because of how complicated it would be to extract Dickey with a stretcher.

However, the mission has been a huge success.

The Turkish Caving Federation posted a message on social media, saying: "Mark Dickey was removed from the last exit of the cave at 00:37 and taken to the UMKE tent.

"Thus, the cave rescue part of the operation has ended successfully. We congratulate all those who have contributed!"


Featured Image Credit: AP. Mustafa Unal Uysal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Topics: World News

Stewart Perrie
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