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Four Marines escape from deep cave in eastern San Diego County

May 29, 2012 |  8:06 am

Four off-duty Marines who initially reported being unable to ascend from a deep cave in eastern San Diego County were finally able to escape without help, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

The two men and two women were on a day outing Monday of hiking and rappelling when they lowered themselves into one of the Thunder Canyon caves near Pine Valley.

The Sheriff's Department received an emergency call and began to organize a rescue attempt, including calling the San Bernardino cave rescue team. With night approaching, the attempt was set for Tuesday.

But when deputies returned to the cave to lower supplies, including blankets and water, to help the Marines survive the chilly night, the four had successfully ascended the cave. The four were uninjured.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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