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June 19, 2014 8:00 AM

After 11 days, man rescued from Germany's deepest cave (VIDEO)

Just before noon Thursday, German rescuers brought spelunker and physicist Johann Westhauser into the light, ending an 11-day rescue effort that had millions in this nation holding their breath, and debating the difficulty of keeping him alive as a rescue team moved from bivouac to bivouac deep under the Bavarian Alps.

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