• Short Summary

    JOSY LAURES, THE 26-YEAR-OLD FRENCH MID-WIFE WHO HAS BEEN SPENDING THREE MONTHS ALONE IN A CAVE UNDER THE FRENCH ALPS, RETURNED TO THE SURFACE TODAY (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    JOSY LAURES, THE 26-YEAR-OLD FRENCH MID-WIFE WHO HAS BEEN SPENDING THREE MONTHS ALONE IN A CAVE UNDER THE FRENCH ALPS, RETURNED TO THE SURFACE TODAY (FRIDAY).

    A TEAM OF FRENCH RESCUE POLICE TOOK MORE THAN THREE HOURS TO BRING HER UP FROM THE CAVE, 330 FEET (100 METRES) BELOW GROUND.SHE HAD BEEN THERE SINCE DECEMBER 14.

    WHEN SHE CAME TO THE SURFACE, SHE WAS TOO EXHAUSTED TO STAND OR SPEAK -- AND WAS HELPED A FEW YARDS TO A HEATED TENT.A DOCTOR EXAMINED HER -- AND SAID SHE WAS SUFFERING FROM NOTHING MORE SERIOUS THAN FATIGUE.

    MUCH OF THE JOURNEY TO THE SURFACE WAS UP A NARROW VERTICAL SHAFT AND IT WAS THE EFFORT OF NEGOTIATING THIS THAT SAPPED HER LAST RESOURCE OF ENERGY.A CABLE JAMMED WHEN SHE HAD ALMOST REACHED THE TINY OPENING LEADING TO THE CAVE.THIS CAUSED A FIFTEEN-MINUTE DELAY.

    SINCE DECEMBER 14 A SURFACE TEAM HAS KEPT A DAY AND NIGHT WATCH OVER HER -- BUT JOSY RECEIVED NO NEWS FROM ANYONE.DURING HER LONG LONE VIGIL SHE LOST ALL TRACK OF TIME.WHEN SHE WAS TOLD HER THREE MONTHS WERE UP, SHE BELIEVED THE DATE TO BE ONLY FEBRUARY 25.

    (UNAWARE OF THE EXCITEMENT SURROUNDING JOSY'S RETURN TO THE SURFACE TODAY WAS HER COLLEAGUE, ANTOINE SENNI, WHO HAS BEEN IN ANOTHER CAVE NEARBY SINE NOVEMBER 30.WHEN HE MADE HIS ROUTINE TELEPHONE CALL TO CAMP THIS MORNING HE THOUGHT THE DATE WAS JANUARY 27.IT IS PLANNED TO BRING HIM UP ON APRIL 5.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9ZC85W430OWN0MJOSLKVEKRCF
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ZC85W430OWN0MJOSLKVEKRCF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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