Spanish cave divers launch rescue mission to free Portuguese explorers

Frantic rescue mission is launched to save four divers who have been trapped underground in half-mile deep cave for 48 hours after getting lost The four explorers went missing in the Cueto-Coventosa caves on Saturday  Cave rescuers have been hampered by heavy rainfall and high water levels  Today the region's interior minister said the four had been 'located' this morning 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 13:06 BST, 21 October 2019 | Updated: 13:07 BST, 21 October 2019

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Four missing cave experts have been found in an underground warren in Spain and are now waiting to be rescued, authorities have said. 

The four Portuguese explorers had not been heard from since they entered the Cueto-Coventosa caves for an expedition on Saturday. 

Last night another four specialists launched a rescue mission but could barely make it 50 yards inside because of high water levels.

Today the region's interior minister Paula Fernández said the missing cavers had been 'located' 48 hours after they went missing and rescuers are now waiting for the water level to drop so they can reach them, according to news agency EFE. 

Search and rescue: Spanish emergency workers in red uniforms search the Cueto-Coventosa caves in northern Spain today after four Portuguese cave experts went missing

Search and rescue: Spanish emergency workers in red uniforms search the Cueto-Coventosa caves in northern Spain today after four Portuguese cave experts went missing 

On the edge: Rescue services stand at the entrance to the cave in Spain today where the four explorers went missing on Saturday

On the edge: Rescue services stand at the entrance to the cave in Spain today where the four explorers went missing on Saturday 

Once it does, emergency workers may have to set up ropes and handrails in order to reach the cavers trapped inside.  

The four people were 'perfectly prepared, they knew the

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