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Rescue operation underway for ailing American caught deep in Turkish cave

In his first video since falling ailing and turning into caught in a Turkish cave, an American explorer thanked authorities for saving his life.

Mark Dickey, 40, who’s described as an professional caver, was 3,400 ft beneath the floor within the Morca cave when he started affected by gastrointestinal bleeding on Saturday.

“I was very close to the edge,” Mr Dickey mentioned in a video obtained by The Associated Press.

Authorities in Turkey are working with a bunch of greater than 150 worldwide cave rescue consultants to soundly take away Mr Dickey from his location after he skilled the medical emergency.

Throughout the week, rescuers had been in a position to ship six models of blood and docs to Mr Dickey. While his situation has improved, he should still want a stretcher to exit.

Rescuers started organising rope traces on Wednesday as a part of the effort, although it’s unclear once they can start the mission on account of its excessive complexity.

The cave system is described as extraordinarily slim with many twists and turns, making it troublesome to navigate. It sometimes takes an individual in good well being round 15 hours to exit.


Mark Dickey is an professional cave explorer

His resume of cave explorations and professional standing is limitless: secretary of the ECRA medical committee, lead teacher for Caving Academy, a US-based organisation that prepares different cavers for exploration, and a nationwide teacher for the National Cave Rescue Commission.

Having participated in lots of cave explorations in karst areas world wide for a few years, Mr Dickey is educated and expert – the type of particular person you’d need on difficult cave exploration just like the Morca mission.

Mark Dickey, the US caver who’s at the moment trapped close to Morca

(by way of REUTERS)

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 18:10


In Photos: Rescue efforts underway

European Cave Rescue Association (ECRA) members work subsequent to the doorway of Morca cave close to Anamur, southern Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023


European Cave Rescue Association (ECRA) members and Turkish gendarmerie officers stand subsequent to the doorway of Morca cave close to Anamur, southern Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023


European Cave Rescue Association (ECRA) members and Turkish gendarmerie officers stand subsequent to the doorway of Morca cave close to Anamur, southern Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023


Ariana Baio7 September 2023 17:30


Timeline within the Turkey cave rescue

Saturday 2 September – Mark Dickey falls ailing whereas exploring the Morca cave within the Taurus Mountain area of Turkey. The Turkey Caving Federation is contacted for assist.

Sunday 3 September – Hungarian Cave Rescue Service sends a group and physician all the way down to the cave to achieve Mr Dickey and supply medical care.

Monday 4 September – More folks from the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service as properly as 4 different rescuers from Bulgarian Cave Rescue attain the Morca base camp to help.

Tuesday 5 September – Team members start to consider options to get Mr Dickey out of the cave. Six models of blood are delivered to help in serving to Mr Dickey get higher

Wednesday 6 September – Cave rescuers from Italy, Croatia and Poland are known as in. Mr Dickey’s situation begins to stabilise.

Thursday 7 September – Mr Dickey’s situation nonetheless bettering.

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 17:00


Ariana Baio7 September 2023 16:30


International teams be a part of forces to assist recuse Mark Dickey

Several worldwide cave rescue groups are concerned within the mission to rescue Mark Dickey from the cave in Turkey.

This consists of groups from Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy and Poland

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 16:00


A glance into the depth of the Morca cave

The Turkish Caving Federation shared a photograph depicting the vertical of the cave the place 40-year-old American Mark Dickey is at the moment caught.

An picture depicting the vertical depth of the cave the place Mark Dickey is

(Turkish Caving Federation)

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 15:30


GoFundMe arrange for Mark Dickey

A fundraiser benefitting the rescue efforts to avoid wasting American Mark Dickey from a cave in Turkey has been arrange and raised over $40,000

The GoFundMe, arrange by the National Cave Rescue Commission the place Mr Dickey is an teacher, might be used to learn the groups of individuals aiding the mission.

“The ill caver is a well-known figure in the international speleological community, a highly trained caver, and a cave rescuer himself. He has participated in caving expeditions in many karst areas of the world for many years. In addition to his activities as a speleologist, he is also the secretary of the ECRA medical committee and an instructor for cave rescue organizations in the USA,” an outline for the GoFundMe reads.

Several worldwide rescue groups are concerned within the mission together with some from Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Poland.

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 15:06


Why the rescue is so complicated

For rescuers to achieve and take away Mark Dickey might be a really difficult course of, in response to the Turkish Caving Federation.

In a publish from Tuesday, the federation described the extraordinarily difficult technique of eradicating a caver on the depths that Mr Dickey is at the moment at.

“The open cross-section of the Morca Cave. Mark is currently residing at the campsite at 3400 feet (1040 meters) from the entrance. It takes a full 15 hours for an experienced caver to reach to the surface in ideal conditions.”

Mr Dickey is unable to stroll with out help of now and desires a stretcher to be eliminated.

“The cave features narrow winding passages and several rappels,” the Turkish Caving Federation continued.

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 14:40


National Cave Rescue Commission shares photographs of rescue group

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 14:30


Mark Dickey’s situation ‘continues to improve’

The Turkish Caving Federation mentioned that medical officers and Mark Dickey’s physician imagine his situation remains to be bettering.

In a tweet posted to X, previously identified as Twitter, on Thursday, the federation mentioned that the medical officer, Tulga Sener, spoke with Mr Dickey’s physician to find out if he’ll have the ability to depart the cave with out a stretcher.

Ariana Baio7 September 2023 14:26