February 28, 2024

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The start of the rescue operation for tourists and guides trapped in the famous cave in Slovenia  outside

The start of the rescue operation for tourists and guides trapped in the famous cave in Slovenia outside

The evacuation of five people trapped in a well-known Slovenian cave will begin on Monday afternoon. The Slovenian news agency STA reported this from the Civil Protection Commander. The five have been stuck in the famous Krizna Gama cave (Krzna Gama) since Saturday.

These are tourists, a family of three adults and two guides. They were on a boat tour of the cave when the water level rose sharply due to heavy rain.

Food and warm clothes

Krizna Cave, located about 35 kilometers south of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, is one of the most important tourist attractions in Slovenia. The cave contains 22 emerald-colored underground lakes. Krzna Jama is 8,273 meters long and can only be visited by boat.

The head of the rescue operation says this is the first time people have been trapped on Krzna Jama. The five are located in a dry place, according to emergency services, designated for such emergency cases, about 2.4 kilometers from the cave entrance.

View in Krizna Cave. © Instagram / krznajamakafi

Professional divers have visited the five twice since Saturday and provided them with food, medicine, some warm clothes and flashlights. But evacuation was not possible at that time due to high water levels.

“For dinner at home”

Since Sunday evening, the water level in the cave has decreased somewhat. The eviction will begin Monday around 2 p.m., STA reports. According to the Daily Delo, rescuers expect to be out again around 4 p.m. Sandy Cork from Civil Defense told the newspaper: “We expect them to return home before dinner today.”

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Slovenia is known for its caves. The Central European country has more than 14,000 caves that have been mapped.

Rescue workers are ready to start the rescue operation.
Rescue workers are ready to start the rescue operation. © AP