Mark Dickie’s rescue from the Turkish cave

🔴 Mark Dickey of the New Jersey-based First Response Team has contracted the disease

🔴He was trapped thousands of feet underground

🔴It’s also been a week for rescuers to get him out


ISTANBUL — An American researcher is “in good condition” in a Turkish hospital, after rescuers pulled him from a cave where he became seriously ill and became trapped more than 3,000 feet below its entrance for more than a week, officials said Tuesday.

Rescuers from Turkey and across Europe cheered and applauded as Mark Dickey, a 40-year-old experienced caveman who heads New Jersey’s first response team and is based in Sussex County, emerged from Murca Cave in the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey strapped on a stretcher at 12 a.m. :00: 37 a.m. local time on Tuesday. He was taken to hospital in the nearby city of Mersin by helicopter.

Dickey became ill on September 2nd with a stomach bleed. The cause of his condition remained unclear.

Lying on the stretcher surrounded by reporters shortly after his rescue, he described his nine-day ordeal as a “crazy, crazy adventure.”

“It’s amazing to be above ground again,” he said. Diki, a well-known cave researcher and cave rescuer who has participated in numerous international expeditions, thanked the international cave community, Turkish cave explorers, and the Hungarian Cave Rescue Organization, among others.

American caveman Mark Dickey, 40, speaks to the camera next to a colleague inside Murca Cave near Anamur, southern Turkey.

American caver Mark Dickey, 40, speaks into the camera next to a colleague inside Murga Cave near Anamur, southern Turkey (Turkish State Communications Directorate via AP)

Why was he in the cave?

Dickey, from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, was part of an expedition to map Murca Cave, the third deepest cave in Turkey, when he became ill. He was so weak that he could not climb out on his own, cave rescue teams from Europe rushed to help save him, undertaking a difficult operation that included pulling him up the steep vertical sections of the cave and navigating through mud and water at low temperatures in the horizontal sections.

Rescuers had to widen some of the cave’s narrow passages, install ropes to pull him up vertical poles on a stretcher, and set up temporary camps along the way before the operation began.

Among those who rushed to the Taurus Mountains was Dr. Zofia Zador, an amateur cave explorer and medical rescuer from the Hungarian Rescue Team, who was one of the first to treat Dicky inside the cave.

Zador, an anesthesiologist and intensivist from Budapest, was on her way to the hospital to start her early morning shift on September 2, when she received news of Dickie’s condition.

The 34-year-old told The Associated Press by phone from the camp nearby that she quickly arranged for a colleague to take her shift and rushed to collect cave equipment and medical equipment, before boarding a plane to Turkey to join the rescue mission. Cave entrance.

“He was relieved and hopeful,” she said when asked to describe Dickey’s reaction when he saw her in the cave. He was so happy. We are good friends.”

American caveman Mark Dickey, left, 40, talks to a colleague inside Murga Cave near Anamur, southern Turkey.

American caver Mark Dickey, left, 40, talks with a colleague inside Murca Cave near Anamur, southern Turkey (Turkish State Communications Directorate via AP)

My cock was losing blood and fluids

Zador said Dickey was hypovolemic — or experiencing fluid and blood loss — but said he was in “stable condition” by the time she reached him because paramedics “treated him well.”

“It was difficult because sometimes he was completely stable and felt like he could get out on his own, but he could (deteriorate) again,” she said. “Fortunately, he did not lose any consciousness and was able to monitor the situation.”

About 190 experts from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Turkey participated in the rescue operation, including doctors, paramedics and experienced cavers. Teams of a doctor and three to four other rescuers took turns staying by his side at all times.

Zador said she had participated in cave rescues before, but Dickey’s rescue was the “longest” she had witnessed.

Dickey said after his rescue that he began vomiting large amounts of blood inside the cave.

“My consciousness started to become more difficult to hold on to, and I got to the point where I thought I wouldn’t survive,” he told reporters.

The Turkish Relief Agency (AFAD) said that Diki is in good condition, without providing details about his condition.

“The rescue operation took more than 100 rescuers from about 10 provinces for 60 hours. Mark Dickie was in the cave for almost 500 hours,” the Italian National Alpine and Caving Corps said in a statement.

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