Doctor dies exploring cave, companions rescued By Jolene Bulambot, Visayas Bureau Inquirer.net
CEBU CITY -- A cave explorer died while five others, including an American, were rescued some 20 hours after they were trapped inside a cave northwest of Cebu City.
The six spelunkers went inside the cave shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday for what was to be a three-day mapping and exploration of the still unnamed cave when one of them, Dr. Adolf Espina, fell at around 6 p.m. due to a malfunction in his equipment, according Merks Certifico, one of the cave explorers.
The team planned to determine if the cave, located in Barangay Gaas, on the outskirts of Balamban town, 63 kilometers northwest of Cebu, was the deepest in the Philippines, Certifico said.
Each team member carried a 400-meter rope for the exploration and they were down to 150 meters when the accident happened, Certifico said.
Espina, 36, an ophthalmologist and a spelunker for over 10 years, fell 56 meters down and got lodged on a ledge.
Rescuers found the lifeless body of Espina, who was also a spelunking trainor, shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday.