Krakow, Poland – Rescuers say they have come across some equipment and food belonging to the two missing cavers who became trapped Saturday while exploring uncharted parts of the Wielka Sniezna cave in the Tatra mountains in southern Poland, reports the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, the head of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue group Jan Krzysztof said that some food, two climbing harnesses and a malfunctioning drill have been found at an entrance to a very narrow passage in the cave, the deepest and the longest in Poland.
He speculated that the missing cavers must have left the equipment behind to be able to pass through the very narrow opening in the rocks. The rescue services have not yet been possible to establish contact with the two cavers.
“We are fearing for their lives now, we don’t know if they are alive. This is the big question,” Krzysztof stated to TVN24 on Sunday.
More than two dozen rescuers have been battling to save the cavers since Saturday, even using explosives to widen underground passages to help in the search, but rescue conditions have been particularly difficult due to flooding which also endangers the rescuers. Mine experts, firefighters and mountain rescuers from neighboring Slovakia have also been involved in the search while divers from around Europe have been offering to help.
The Wielka Sniezna cave can be descended to a depth of 824 metres.