British Servicemen Trapped In Mexican Cave

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  1. 3:29pm (UK)
    Servicemen Trapped in Mexico Cave

    By John-Paul Ford Rojas, PA News

    Six British servicemen were tonight trapped in a subterranean cave in Mexico after rising underground waters blocked their passage to the surface.

    The team of soldiers, sailors, and airmen have been holed up in the Cueva Alpazat north-east of Mexico City since last Wednesday, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

    He said they were all unharmed and sheltering in a pre-prepared underground camp in the cave at Cuetzalan in the state of Puebla.

    The group, all men, have not yet been named as their families were still being informed of their situation.

    They had gone to the area as part of an adventure training mission and at first only expected to spend 36 hours below ground.

    A specialist rescue team has been dispatched from the UK to assess the situation.

    The spokesman said: “They are all unharmed and morale is high although they are getting a bit bored.”
  2. Different job description, different reason for being trapped, different cave? Surely we can't have two caving teams rapped in Mexico!

    Six British scientists trapped in Mexico cave

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A team will today attempt to rescue six British scientists trapped for five days in a cave in Mexico, a rescue service spokesman says.

    The scientists became trapped after part of the cave collapsed. They managed to contact colleagues outside via satellite phone.

    The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the six were in good health.

    He said authorities learned late on Monday that the scientists were trapped. They had not been contacted sooner because the scientists apparently lacked permission from the government to work in the cave, some 300 km (190 miles) northeast of Mexico City.

    It was not immediately clear what work the scientists were carrying out or who they were working for.

  3. Heard it on Radio Four. I'm fairly sure it is the combines services lot, possibly people from a scientific background which causes a bit of confusion.

    Hope they don't get too bored, there is a limit to how often you can play Snake2 on your mobile before you go mad.

    Not that i'd know or anything!

  4. Tis the Combined Serv Caving Association.

    Bloody good satellite phones these lads get - work underground an'all! Tee hee hee.
  5. [​IMG]

    Thirteen UK cavers held in Mexico are flying home after being expelled for visa offences.
    They had been held over alleged visa breaches for three days, after six of them were trapped for days underground.

    After their release, the men - four of whom are servicemen - were escorted to the airport by two police trucks with dozens of armed guards.

    They left the country at 0425 BST and are due to touch down in the UK on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to sources, the mood of the team as they finally left captivity to start their journey home was jovial.

    The full story and a listing of some of the Service Cavers can be found on BBCi at:

    More indepth digest can be found at the CSCA website:
  6. The Mexicans say they think our boys were "looking for Uranium" make of that what you will!!
  7. Aye very good! Bloody sombrero wearing mezcal monkeys. not like we need any uranium to embark on a brand new nuclear arms programme.

    Dirty Sanchez Twazzers.
  8. i think they have just lost a lot of potential tourist money from the UK,
    i have seen holidays to Cancun advertised here well those sanchez are not getting any of mine.
  9. I'll second that, none of mine either :x
  10. had on another board some sanchez type claiming the SAS were hunting
    probably elite SAS canary yellow attack suits appearing on Ebay as we speak :twisted:
    pillocks but mod did'nt help matters buy not letting sanchez and co know the Joint services team were going caving you know latins Touchy and capable of putting 2 and 2 together and getting 45678 :roll:
  11. Watch out for Blair, he'll try to appease them by giving them the Isle of Wight saying we caused them undue stress and we the big, imperialist power intimidated them!

    Christ, we are becoming the joke of the world, I bet the FO sat there and did nothing to get these guys out. :roll:

    Bring back the good ole days when a Brit citizens incarcaration would have the Army ready to invade! :twisted:
  12. did they have a crazy eyed woman with them? who as they were released from prison yelled at reporters 'see Gunny and MDN, I do know them and youre next!!'
  13. I've heard a nasty rumour she's down Emmas tonight, so I wil be there incognito looking for the bint :wink:
  14. No marks for improvisation. A dip of the finger and a quick dirty Sanchez and they would have passed as locals. Best thing is, even if they couldn't see in the dark, they could have applied said make-up by smell! :twisted: