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Hiker's Body Recovered

The body of 33-year-old Bruce Brewer was in the cave since approximately 8 p.m. Saturday night, and taken out of the cave around 4:15 a.m. Monday. Rescue workers say the task was long, hard and downright exhausting.

Chris Winn does not have much experience with cave rescues, but after spending nearly two days working here at the climax cave, he says he has learned a lot.

"You really have to be careful, it was something that is really serious. We were trying to keep everybody in a safe boundary," says Chris.

Chris and a handful of other volunteers were still at the cave hours after the body of 33-year-old Tallahassee hiker Bruce Brewer was taken out at 4:15 a.m. Monday morning. They say the weekend was a grueling time.

Rescue workers say the climax caves are very treacherous. In fact, a hoist they were going to use to pull the body up had to be used to take another volunteer out of the cave who slipped and hit his head. That rescuer received six stitches in the head.

Volunteers say they are grateful there were no more serious injuries. Rescue workers on the scene Monday said they think this may have been the first fatality in the climax caves. People have gotten lost and there have been broken bones, but nothing as tragic as this.

The caves are off-limits to the public, and police say that is for good reason, but Bruce and his group had written permission to be in there.


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