Three Peak District cavers were rescued in a dramatic night-time operation after becoming trapped underground by rising water.
The group had been reported missing after getting into difficulty while exploring Gautries Hole, a small natural cave at Perryfoot, near Sparrowpit, Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation said the cavers were found safe and well, but cut-off from the surface by a 15-metre section of flooded passageway.
Bill Whitehouse, Chairman of Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, said: “There had been heavy rain while the cavers were underground and a section of passage close to the entrance had become completely flooded, trapping the cavers inside.”
Divers, with the use of underwater breathing apparatus, safely guided the cavers through the flooded section, which had a small air bell about half-way along.
The three-hour rescue operation on Thursday morning concluded at around 4.15am.