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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 7:00am

Man Rescued From Ga. Cave, Hospitalized

A man is hospitalized after he was freed from a northwest Georgia cave -- one of the nation's deepest -- after a nearly 24-hour rescue effort.

The caver was rescued Monday afternoon from Ellison's Cave in Walker County and hospitalized in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The caver, from Pennsylvania, was in critical condition after being flown by helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center.

David Ashburn, who helped coordinate the rescue, said the man fell 40 feet down a cave that's considered one of the most difficult to navigate in the country.

He said many rescue crews aren't qualified to perform rescues in the cave because of the skill level required to navigate it, so experts from Alabama and Tennessee were requested.