Cave Explorers Found

Sunday, October 14th 2007, 7:32 pm
By: News On 6

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A group of University of Texas students who didn't emerge for more than a day from a cave they were exploring have been found safe.

Officials say the two women and one man were found in a 500-foot-long crawl space about the width of a sewer pipe. They're expected to be pulled from the cave in a few hours.

The three students had gone into a narrow passage near Austin called Airman's Cave on Saturday morning. They had told friends to call for help if they weren't back by midnight.

Authorities didn't have any details about what happened to the students but said it's easy to become disoriented in the narrow, 12,000-foot-long cave.

During the search, rescuers found water bottles and cell phones apparently left behind by the students. Crews had left food, water and medical supplies throughout the cave.