• Short Summary

    THREE YOUNG FRENCH POTHOLERS, WHO WERE TRAPPED FOR FIVE DAYS MORE THAN 300 FEET BELOW GROUND IN A FLOODED CAVE NEAR VALLON PONT D'ARC, IN SOUTHERN FRANCE, WERE RESCUED ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    THREE YOUNG FRENCH POTHOLERS, WHO WERE TRAPPED FOR FIVE DAYS MORE THAN 300 FEET BELOW GROUND IN A FLOODED CAVE NEAR VALLON PONT D'ARC, IN SOUTHERN FRANCE, WERE RESCUED ON FRIDAY.TWO OTHER POTHOLERS HAD BEEN SWEPT TO THEIR DEATHS BY FLOOD WATERS.AFTER THEIR RESCUE, THE THREE MEN SAID THEY HAD KEPT ALIVE BY CHEWING A LEATHER BELT IN PLACE OF FOOD.

    THE THREE, EXHAUSTED, BUT UNINJURED, ARE RESTING IN HOSPITAL.THEY TOLD REPORTERS THAT HEAVY RAIN BEGAN FLOODING THE CAVE ON MONDAY.THE FIRST OF THEIR GROUP TO BE SWEPT AWAY WAS BERNARD RASSY, 27, WHO SLIPPED AND FELL INTO THE FLOOD ON MONDAY.SHORTLY AFTER JEAN DUPONT, 21, FELL DOWN A CASCADE.

    THEN, SUFFERING FROM COLD AND HUNGER, THE THREE, EMILE CHEILLETZ 24, ALAIN BECACIER, 24, AND JACQUES DELACOURT, 18, GRADUALLY REACHED THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAVE, AFTER THREE DAYS OF CLIMBING AND GROPING IN THE DARK.

    TO KEEP UP THEIR STRENGTH THEY BEGAN MUNCHING THE LEATHER BELT ONE OF THEM WAS WEARING."WITHOUT THIS SEMBLANCE OF FOOD WE FEEL WE COULD NOT HAVE REACHED THE CAVE ENTRANCE," THEY SAID.

    RESCUE WORKERS USED BULLDOZERS TO DIVERT THE RAGING WATERS FROM THE CAVE ENTRANCE.DRUMS OF FOOD, LIGHTS AND EVEN CIGARETTES WERE FLOATED DOWN THE STREAM TO THE MEN.

    THEY WERE FINALLY RESCUED BY CHARLES SCHAFFRAN, AN EXPERIENCED POTHOLER, WHO CLIMBED DOWN TO THEM BY LADDER.HE ALSO FOUND THE BODY OF DUPONT, BUT THE SEARCH FOR THE OTHER BODY WAS STOPPED WHEN THE DAM WALL HOLDING BACK THE FLOOD WATER THREATENED TO COLLAPSE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEGQESZU2O5TEG99V6OJC4HRQW
    Media URN:
    VLVAEGQESZU2O5TEG99V6OJC4HRQW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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