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Grand Canyon Caverns tourists trapped 200 feet below ground finally rescued after almost 30 hours


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Five tourists, trapped 200 feet below ground in the Grand Canyon Caverns after an elevator malfunctioned, have now finally been brought back to the surface.

On Sunday afternoon, a family of eight touring the Grand Canyon Caverns, the "largest dry caverns in the U.S.A.," became trapped when the elevator, which transports people from the surface to the caverns below, malfunctioned. While three members of the group were able to negotiate the 21 flights of stairs available to ascend to the earth's surface, five people — including an infant and a toddler — remained behind, either because they could not risk the arduous trek or they chose to stay back with loved ones.

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