One Man Survives After 20 Hours in Underwater Cave off of Spain
by Owen James Burke
Underwater cave sites along the Catalan Coast (photo: megustatuzapatos)
One man is confirmed dead (but MIA) while another was last reported to be in critical condition after they found themselves trapped in an underwater cave along the Costa Brava in the northern part of Spain’s Catalonia province. A third man managed to escape and alert the Spanish Civil Guard.
The three men, aged in their 50s and 60s, were diving north of L’Estartit on Saturday when they found themselves stuck.
A rescue team arrived, and after 11 failed dive attempts in rough seas, they managed to rescue one man after he’d spent 20 hours trapped in the cave. His lips pressed to the roof of the cave, he had only a small pocket of air to keep him alive, and when the rescue team finally reached him on Sunday at 5pm, he was “hanging onto life by a thread,” police said.
Unfortunately, they have not found the third man, though it would appear that he was not so lucky as his death had already been announced as of Sunday. Search efforts were suspended earlier in the week due to rough seas and there have since been no new reports.