RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Emergency crews pulled out five men from a cave in Virginia on Sunday night after heavy rains trapped them inside the cavern, according to CBS News.
On Friday night, six men entered a cave located in southwest Virginia called Cyclops Cave. They intended to camp inside it until Sunday morning, but heavy downpour on Saturday trapped them inside.
One of the men managed to get out on Sunday morning at around 2 a.m. and call 911. The temperature inside the cave was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Authorities stated that the remaining men, ranging in age from 34 to 59, were beginning to suffer from fatigue and hypothermia. They had no extra food or water with them and didn't have the proper gear to climb out of the cave.
The emergency team began work on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finished the rescue around 6:00 p.m. One of the men had to be taken to a health center via air transport.
Frankie Smith, who owns the property where Cyclops Cave is located, told WJHL-TV that no one had been trapped in it before and that the men had not asked for permission to enter.