5 people are rescued after being underground in the Grand Canyon attraction

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PEACH SPRINGS, AZ — Five people have been rescued after becoming trapped in an underground cave in the Grand Canyon Caverns near Kingman, Arizona.

Officials said the elevator, which takes tourists about 20 stories underground, stopped working on Sunday.

Sherry Jimenez was finally pulled from the caves of the Grand Canyon nearly 30 hours after she went down there.

“I can’t thank you enough because they did everything so professionally, so safely,” Jimenez said.

Each rescue reportedly took at least 25 minutes.

Of the five people, at least two are in their 70s, and the group could not safely climb the more than 20 stories of stairs it would take to get out, according to authorities. The ladder is described as difficult to climb and similar to a fire escape.

All the other people who were in the Grand Canyon Caverns when the elevator broke down were able to climb the stairs to get out.

The Grand Canyon Caverns are it a popular tourist attraction that allows people to dine 21 stories underground.

No casualties have been reported.

This story was originally reported abc15.com.

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