Old men ought to be explorers
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I cannot tell if he did any diving to get in as the story is about the rescue. He was cave dive trained.
George Linnane, 38, suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, jaw and collarbone.
A man trapped in a cave for 54 hours in Wales has been pictured for the first time.
George Linnane, 38, suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, jaw and collarbone, during his nightmare ordeal in the Brecon Beacons.
The experienced caver was stuck in the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu since Saturday after suffering a fall at around 1pm.
His social media describes him as a ‘petrolhead, scuba diver, caver, engineer, snowboarder, DJ, producer, human’.
Friends have described him as ‘stoic’ and a ‘reliable guy’ unlikely to take risks, MailOnline reports.
His mum has thanked hero volunteers who saved his life after he was carried out the cave on a stretcher yesterday following a major rescue operation.
A 250-strong team swam through an underground stream with the engineer on a floating stretcher on Monday.
They then lifted him 90ft through a vertical chasm with the stretcher on ropes.
Sally Linnane-Hemmens has set up a fundraiser for the South & Mid-Wales Cave Rescue Team who worked around the clock.
She posted today: ‘These guys, along with several other cave rescue teams from across the UK, saved my son’s life.
‘He had been trapped underground for 50 hours-plus and is badly injured.’
Mr Linnane’s girlfriend said last night: ‘We are obviously very grateful to all the rescuers.’
He is being treated at a hospital in Cardiff. His injuries are thought to be non-life-threatening.
South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team spokesperson Peter Francis, 74, said yesterday: ‘This is the longest rescue we’ve ever done but we’re very pleased with the progress being made.
‘The caver was very unlucky here. He’s an experienced caver, a fit caver. And it was a matter of putting his foot in the wrong place.
‘He wasn’t in a dangerous part of the cave, it’s just something moved from under him.’