Sunday 11 December 2016

Rescuers at scene as rising water traps 19 people in cave

Published 26/05/2016 | 23:54

Rescued cavers gather at a house next to Hidden River Cave after over a dozen people who exploring the cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
Rescued cavers gather at a house next to Hidden River Cave after over a dozen people who exploring the cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

Rising water from heavy rains has trapped 19 people in a Kentucky cave.

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Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said two tour groups are trapped in Hidden River Cave in south-central Kentucky.

He said two local police officers who tried to rescue the tourists are among those still inside.

The tour groups have been in the cave for several hours, and the authorities have not been in communication with them and are unsure where they are. Four people were able to escape.

People exit Hidden River Cave after officials said over a dozen people who exploring the cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
People exit Hidden River Cave after officials said over a dozen people who exploring the cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

A dive team and other rescue groups are at the scene.

Officials stand on the scene after over a dozen people who exploring Hidden River Cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
Officials stand on the scene after over a dozen people who exploring Hidden River Cave were trapped by rising water Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Horse Cave, Ky. Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said the rising water was caused by heavy rains in the area Thursday afternoon. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

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