According to the New Jersey Initial Response Team, the group he works for, the evacuation of an experienced American cave diver and researcher who became unwell more than 3,000 feet below the mouth of a cave in Turkey has started.
Mark Dickey, 40, was able to recuperate enough to be rescued in a surgery that might take three or four days, Turkish officials reported on Friday.
Dickey, who fell ill unexpectedly with stomach bleeding while on an adventure with a small group in the Morca cave in southern Turkey’s Taurus Mountains, has attracted rescuers from all across Europe who have raced to the cave for an operation to save him.
According to Cenk Yildiz, a regional manager for Turkey’s disaster assistance organization, the medics we sent down had great success treating him.
Over 170 people, including medical professionals, paramedics, and experienced cave divers, are involved in the rescue effort.
On Saturday, the European Cave Rescue Association reported that Dickey’s health was stable. He has received a blood analysis tool that will allow for blood testing.
Preparations for Safe Evacuation and Rescue Operations in the Morca Cave
According to the statement, preparations are being conducted along the stretcher evacuation route to a second prepared bivouac at -700 m.
The Hungarian Cave Rescue Service and other officials stated that the cave was being prepared for Dickey’s safe evacuation, including the expansion of the passages and the management of the risk of falling boulders.
The New Jersey Initial Response Team reports that Dickey became unwell on August 31 while exploring the Morca cave and hasn’t been able to surface since.
Dickey serves as both the group’s leader and a teacher for the National Cave Rescue Commission. The group specializes in cave and mine rescue.
The skilled cave diver’s stomach issues quickly turned into life-threatening bleeding and vomiting as he was helping to lead an international caving excursion, according to a statement from the New Jersey Initial Response Team.