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German in shaft 11 days freed

Posted: June 20, 2014 at 4:06 a.m.

BERCHTESGADEN, Germany -- International rescuers pulled an injured German researcher up the final 590 feet of a vertical shaft in Germany's deepest cavern early Thursday, bringing an end to days of painstaking efforts to get him to the surface.

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