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Successful German Cave Rescue

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Iowa Cave Rescue

Members of the mountain rescue service stand next to the entrance of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, early Thursday June 19., 2014. Germany's mountain rescue service said after a short pause overnight, its team resumed work early Thursday morning to bring Johann Westhauser the final 180 meters (590 feet) to the surface. The going has been slow as rescuers have had to haul Westhauser by hand through the narrow winding passage. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Emergency crews work at the scene on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Maquoketa Caves State Park northwest of Maquoketa, Iowa, during an effort to free a man trapped overnight in a cave at an Iowa state park. Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins said Logan Eliasen, 20, of Port Byron, Ill., was dislodged from a narrow part of Wye Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He'd been stuck there since 6:45 p.m. Friday. (AP Photo/The Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt) MAGS OUT; TV OUT

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Iowa Cave Rescue

This screenshot from a video provided by the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Service on Tuesday June 17, 2014 shows rescuers transporting cave explorer Johann Westhauser in Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg near Berchtesgarden, Germany, Germany’s mountain rescue service says it could complete the rescue of the injured cave researcher from the country’s deepest cave on Thursday or Friday as experts make good progress through the labyrinth’s passages and shafts. Johann Westhauser suffered head injuries nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system, in the Alps near the Austrian border, on June 8. (AP Photo/BRK Bergwacht Bayern) Emergency crews work at the scene on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Maquoketa Caves State Park northwest of Maquoketa, Iowa, during an effort to free a man trapped overnight in a cave at an Iowa state park. Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins said Logan Eliasen, 20, of Port Byron, Ill., was dislodged from a narrow part of Wye Cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He'd been stuck there since 6:45 p.m. Friday. (AP Photo/The Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt) MAGS OUT; TV OUT

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Iowa Cave Rescue

Photo provided by mountain rescue service Bavaria shows rescuers carrying the stretcher with injured German cave researcher Johann Westhauser out of the country's deepest cavern near Berchtesgaden at the German-Austrian border Thursday, June 19, 2014. The final stretch marked the end of a spectacular rescue operation that lasted nearly a week. Westhauser sustained head injuries in a rock fall June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system. (AP Photo/Bergwacht Bayern) Emergency crews continue to work Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Maquoketa Caves State Park northwest of Maquoketa, Iowa, to assist crews from Maquoketa and La Motte in an effort to free a man trapped overnight in a cave at an Iowa state park. Park Ranger Scot Dykstra said visitors discovered two people lodged in the cave about 8 p.m., Friday and alerted park staff. It's unclear how long the couple had been there. Dykstra said they became stuck while crawling through a narrow part of the cave. Rescue crews from Maquoketa and Quad Cities were able to free the woman about 1 a.m. Saturday. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials. (AP Photo/The Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers celebrate after they rescued cave researcher Johann Westhauser out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers celebrate after they rescued cave researcher Johann Westhauser out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Photo provided by mountain rescue service Bavaria shows rescuers pulling up injured German cave researcher Johann Westhauser out of the country's deepest cavern near Berchtesgaden at the German-Austrian border Thursday, June 19, 2014. The final stretch marked the end of a spectacular rescue operation that lasted nearly a week. Westhauser sustained head injuries in a rock fall June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system. (AP Photo/Bergwacht Bayern)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, out of the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)

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Germany Cave Rescue

Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer) Mountain rescuers carry cave researcher Johann Westhauser , center, to a helicopter outside the Riesending cave near Marktschellenberg, southern Germany, Thursday June 19, 2014. The German cave researcher has been successfully brought to the surface after suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground nearly two weeks ago. Westhauser was injured June 8 while nearly 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) underground in the Riesending cave system in the Alps near the Austrian border. (AP Photo/dpa,Nicolas Armer)