Riesending cave rescue

A rescue occurred at Riesending cave between 8 June and 19 June 2014 in Bavaria, Germany. A speleologist, who had been exploring the cave in a group of three, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a rockfall. It became one of the largest cave rescues in history, involving more than 700 people for eleven days.

About Riesending cave rescue in brief

Summary Riesending cave rescueA rescue occurred at Riesending cave between 8 June and 19 June 2014 in Bavaria, Germany. A speleologist, who had been exploring the cave in a group of three, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a rockfall. It became one of the largest cave rescues in history, involving more than 700 people for eleven days and an estimated cost of close to one million euro. At the end of June, the entrance to the cave was sealed by police to prevent further accidents by curious people and tourists.

A special permit is now required and only issued to people with justified interest, physical suitability and professional qualification. Researcher Westhauser was able to recover from his injuries and slowly started exploring caves again in 2016. In August, 2015 the interior ministry of Bavaria reported that the costs were estimated around 960,000 Euros.