LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities say the people who were trapped in a Kentucky cave have waded through neck-deep water to get out.

A day of site seeing gone wrong, miles underground inside hidden river cave, the group was able to make it out safely. 

A group of 21 cavers were inside hidden river cave in Hart County when it started pouring down rain just after 2 p.m.

"Just water coming out of the ceiling in volumes I've never seen before in my life," David Foster said.

Hart County Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel says the group of Clemson University students walked out of the cave without assistance after being trapped by rising water.

More than 100 rescue personnel responded. Officers entered the cave and made light for the cavers to follow. Using a rope attached to the ceiling, they slowly made their way out. 

A water rescue has only happened one time in the last 30 years.

"We're blessed to have such an outcome that we did as a rescue and not a recovery," said Mike Sievert with Horse Cave Police. 

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