Turkish officials confirmed on Friday that Mark Dickey, a 40-year-old American researcher, and experienced cave diver who became ill nearly 1,000 meters (more than 3,000 feet) below the entrance of a cave in Turkey, has recovered enough to be extracted in an operation that could take three or four days.
Mark Dickey, who fell ill with stomach bleeding while on an adventure with a small group in the Morca cave in southern Turkey's Taurus Mountains, has been saved by rescuers from all around Europe.
A local rescue team was taking over the effort, and local officials told ABC News that they will conduct a press conference on Monday.
Dickey Also Specializes In Cave And Mine Rescues
Dickey, who resides in Croton-on-Hudson, appears to be a parent's child. He is the "chief" of the local volunteer group that specializes in cave and mine rescue, the New Jersey Initial Response Team, which is based in Sussex County. Dickey had been bleeding and losing fluid from his stomach, according to the cave rescue organization with which he is associated, but he has since stopped vomiting and has eaten for the first time in days. The underlying cause of the illness was unclear.
The Rescue Will Take Several Hours And Medical Attention
Doctors were anticipated to make the decision over whether he could exit the cave on his own or whether he needed to be carried out on a stretcher. The rescue will take numerous teams and ongoing medical attention within the cave, which is also rather chilly, according to the New Jersey Initial Response Team. According to the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service and other officials, the cave was being prepped for Dickey's safe evacuation, including routes being expanded and the risk of falling rocks being handled. The rescue operation involves more than 170 individuals, including doctors, paramedics, and skilled cave divers. A GoFundMe has been established to pay for his medical care and rescue.