Spanish Scientist Rescued From Peru Cave After 12 days

Rescue workers carry injured Spanish speleologist Cecilio Lopez after his rescue from inside the Intimachay cave, in Leimebamba, Peru, Sept. 30, 2014. Lopez, a well-known cave explorer, was hurt when he fell inside the cave, where he remained trapped underground for 12 days.Mauricio Munoz / AP

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A Spanish scientist trapped 1,300 feet underground in a cave in the Peruvian Amazon for nearly two weeks was pulled to safety on Tuesday. After being lifted from the cave with a pulley, Cecilio Lopez-Tercero said that he hopes to get well enough soon to continue exploring the area, rescue worker Javier Farje told Reuters.

More than 100 rescue workers, including several Spanish colleagues who traveled to South America to help in the effort, broke into applause and embraced each other after Lopez-Tercero appeared at the surface. Lopez-Tercero suffered a back injury when he fell in the cave, according to local media.

Rescuers talk to Spanish speleologist Cecilio Lopez-Tercero after he was rescued from a cave where he was trapped for 12 days, in Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Peru.Peruvian Air Force / Peruvian Air Force via Reuters

— Reuters