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Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. the Indiana DNR issued that a Search and Rescue was underway in Binkley’s Cave in Harrison county after it was reported that a group of seven experienced cavers, who had been conducting a survey of the cave, had failed to exit the cave at their expected time Sunday morning.

Authorities have since located the seven cavers and in a press release from the Indiana DNR District 8 Post stated that two of the cavers had been escorted from Binkley’s Cave and treated for hypothermia and exposure in late hours of Sunday evening. The remaining five had to be assisted from the cave by additional rescue personnel and were extracted around 3 a.m. this morning. They were also treated for hypothermia and exposure.

An official with the INDNR reported that water levels had risen and temporarily blocked entry and exit points to the cave. Rescuers took in heat sources and life jackets to the remaining cavers.

The DNR release had also stated that high water levels in the cave hampered search efforts.

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