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Turkiye: Rescue operation to save US citizen Mark Dickey

September 12, 2023 at 8:01 am

Rescue teams conduct an operation to rescue the American scientist Mark Dickey, trapped in the Morca Cave after suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding in Mersin, Turkiye on September 11, 2023 [Mustafa Ünal Uysal/Anadolu Agency]

Mark Dickey, the American explorer who has been stuck in the depths of the Morca cave in Turkiye’s Taurus Mountain region, is expected to be rescued Monday night or Tuesday morning.

An international team of cave rescuers has successfully carried Mr Dickey from 3,400 feet (1036 metres) in the cave to just 590 feet (180 metres) below the surface, as of Monday morning.

“The rescue team is currently moving Mark to -180 meters,” the Speleological Federation of Turkiye wrote on X.

Mr Dickey, 40, became trapped inside the cave on Saturday, 2 September, after suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding. The well-known speleologist and cave rescuer made international headlines due to his well-known status in the cave exploration world.

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