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Cave experts 'advise' Ingleton flood trapped cavers

A rescuer who led a group of teenagers and their course leaders to safety from a flooded cave said more attention should have been paid to the weather.

Eight teenagers and four adults, from the Oldham area, were trapped in Lower Long Church cave near Ingleton on Wednesday.

Cave rescuer Dave Gallivan said the team leaders were "spoken to".

The Prince's Trust - which franchises the course - said it was looking into the incident.

The Oldham-based Groundwork franchise runs free development courses for unemployed people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old on behalf of the Prince's Trust.

It engaged a local outdoor pursuits company to take the group into the cave system.

Mr Gallivan, of the Cave Rescue Organisation, said: "I think it's fair to say that the two leaders who took the group into the cave admitted they had made a mistake and that they didn't take on board the weather conditions.

"At the debriefing, there was an opportunity to have a word with the two instructors and perhaps make it known to them that looking at weather forecasts and taking on board weather conditions on the day is very important."

In a statement the Prince's Trust said: "We are pleased that all of the young people have returned safe and well, but we are reviewing this situation to ensure every aspect of the planning and delivery of the programme meets with the very high standards we demand."

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