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Emergency personnel rescue teen from South Texas cave

March 9, 2018

In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 photo, emergency personnel work to free an 18-year-old L.E.E. High School student from Robber Baron Cave in San Antonio, Texas. Officials said the girl got stuck in a section of the cave called "Hole in the Floor" 350 feet from the entrance during a school field trip. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Emergency personnel have safely rescued an 18-year-old girl who was trapped for about 10 hours in a South Texas cave during a high school field trip.

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood says the girl was extricated late Thursday night and transported to a hospital for evaluation, as a precaution. Hood says the Lee High School student was conscious and alert during the ordeal at Robber Baron Cave.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the maze cave, in north-central San Antonio, has almost a mile of passage. The entrance is through a sinkhole.

Officials say the teen, whose name wasn’t immediately released, became lodged in a small area known as Hole in the Floor, with passage requiring going through a circular opening. Fire department spokesman Joe Arrington says the girl’s torso became stuck. Her arms and feet were not trapped.

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