What was supposed to be a quick trip down into the bowels of the Grand Canyon Caverns in Arizona has devolved into a potential rescue situation.
A group of five tourists were stuck 200 feet underground in Grand Canyon Caverns on Monday evening, about 24 hours after the elevator they took into the cave on Sunday broke down.
The group wasn’t exactly being forced to “rough it”, however.
Grand Canyon Caverns, located about 100 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona, features a small hotel and restaurant 20 floors down where the stranded tourists have been staying while workers try to fix the elevator.
A specialized lift could be used to free the stuck tourists.
The Cococino County Sheriff’s Office was determining whether they would need to hoist the tourists out through the elevator shaft on Monday.Advertisement - story continues below
“We have this thing – it’s like a lift, and we would basically lift them up the elevator shaft in a harness, something like you see come out of a helicopter in the ocean, something to that effect,” Jon Paxton, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, told Fox News Digital on Monday.
The cavern does have 20 flights of emergency escape stairs, but the guests who remain underground have medical issues that prevent them from making that trek.