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Update: People rescued from cave overnight, man arrested, woman in critical condition

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Cell phone video shows Dubuque first responders rescuing two people from a cave.

It happened Saturday morning just before 1:30 a.m. on North Grandview Avenue.

Police tell KWWL, a man and a woman, both from Minnesota wanted to go exploring. But during their adventure, they became trapped a couple hundred feet down.

Fortunately they had a cell phone, and were able to get a signal. They called a friend who then called 911

Firefighters strapped into harnesses and helmets for the rescue.

They got into the cave through a storm drain, and not too far away, red caution tape surrounds a manhole. 

It's an area just steps away from the city's dog park. Dubuquers there expressing their thoughts about this. "I think it's a little stupid they would do that," said Randall Horsman.

And now one of them, 28-year-old Dallas Blake is charged with trespassing.

His friend is injured, currently in critical condition. Her name has not yet been released due to the extent of her injuries.

Authorities also called the cave a "mineshaft." During the rescue firefighters went in through two access points -- the storm sewer and a manhole.

The rescue took nearly an hour and fifteen minutes.

The rescue team was helped by a person who was familiar with the cave.


Several people are rescued from a cave in Eastern Iowa.

The Dubuque Fire Department responded to a call around 1:30 Saturday morning to rescue several people from a cave at N. Grandview at the dog park. 

Rescue crews went inside the cave to search for two people. One person was injured and had to be freed by the department's technical rescue team.

Crews also had to assist two police officers who went into the cave in search of the two people. 

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