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Five people trapped in cave in Slovenia after heavy rain

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SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Five people have been trapped in a cave in southwestern Slovenia since Saturday afternoon after heavy rain raised the water level, preventing rescuers from getting them out safely, local media reported on Sunday.

The group, consisting of a family of three and two tour guides, was reportedly staying in a safe location in the 8.2-kilometre-long Krizna jama cave, which can only be visited by boat.

On Saturday evening, rescuers managed to briefly reach the group and delivered food, water and a heated tent, civil protection officials in the region told reporters on Sunday.

But because the group was more than two kilometers from the cave entrance, it will take three to four hours for a new team of divers to reach them, officials said, adding that the final rescue will depend on when the waters will return. autumn, the STA news agency reported.

It could be Sunday evening, but it could also take a few days.

Križna jama, a chain of underground lakes with emerald green waters, is the fourth largest known cave ecosystem in the world in terms of biodiversity.

(Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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