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Tragic cavers named today.

Byline: Audrey Barton

POTHOLERS swept to their deaths in a cave will be named by police today.

The bodies of a 33-year-old man from Darlington, and a 28-year-old woman from West Yorkshire, were discovered by rescuers in Alum Pot cave near Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire. It's believed that the unnamed pair were swept to their deaths by a flash flood just 55m - a five-minute climb - from the underground chamber's entrance.

A 20-strong rescue team from the Cave Rescue Organisation gathered at midnight on Thursday after the man's wife called police to say he had not returned from his caving expedition.

Three hours later, the team found the cavers in the underground system.

The cave - part of the popular Alum Pot complex - is regarded as good training for novices, although both victims were said to be experienced cavers.

Rescuer Phil Haigh said: "We went down Alum Pot and quite quickly located them in a stream-way in Long Lower Churn.

"There is always some risk and, sadly, they both died.

Water does not always end up where it falls. It can suddenly come through in a surge."

He extended his sympathy to the victims' families.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2007
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