Emergency crews rescue 5 men trapped in U.S. Virginia cave

Five men trapped in a cave in eastern U.S. state Virginia were taken back to safety by emergency crews on Sunday afternoon, CBS affiliate WJHL-TV reported.

Six men aged 34-59 on Saturday entered Cyclops Cave in southwestern Virginia with an intention of camping. One man was able to escape and alert authorities to the situation, Russell County Emergency Management Coordinator Jess Powers told WJHL-TV.

Heavy rainfalls hit the cave once they became trapped, making it more difficult for them to escape on their own. When rescuers arrived, they found that the men were suffering from fatigue and hypothermia, said the report.

The men did not come equipped with proper climbing gear. According to the report, the cave, which is two miles (about 3.2 km) long, is a private property. The owner Frankie Smith said this is the first time someone has gotten stuck in the cave and the men did not have permission to enter.

The rescue began at 10:30 a.m. local time (1430 GMT) and ended at around 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Sunday.