UPDATE: Knoxville team helps save man trapped in deep GA cave

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (WVLT) Seven members of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad's Cave and Vertical Team helped free a man who fell into a Georgia cave Sunday afternoon. Several other agencies from around the area joined in the as well.

The team was dispatched to Ellison's Cave in Walker Co., Georgia, around 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. The Rescue Squad's Assistant Chief Jeffrey Petress Jr. said the man, who was not identified, has been located and WDEF reports he is en route to the hospital.

Petress said Walker Co. Coordinator David Ashburn told him four cavers were exploring the two deep pits that make up the cave when the man fell.

He also noted that it could take over a day to rescue the man. He explained that cave rescues are "extremely complex" and require highly-trained personnel to ensure the patient and the rescue team are safe.

According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Ellison's Cave is the 12th deepest and 52nd longest cave in the United States. It stretches over 12 miles and goes more than a thousand feet underground.

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