- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

HORSE CAVE, Ky. — Authorities say all 19 people who were trapped in a Kentucky cave have waded through neck-deep water to get out.

Hart County Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel says the group of Clemson University students walked out of the cave without assistance Thursday after being trapped by rising water from heavy rains.

Mr. McDaniel said there is only one way in and out of the Hidden River Cave in south-central Kentucky.

Horse Cave Fire Chief Donnie Parker said two local police officers who tried to rescue the tourists were among those inside. He says the tour groups have been in the cave for several hours.

He had said authorities were not in communication with the students people, who had been in the cave for several hours. A dive team and other rescue groups had been deployed to the scene.

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