Around 24 hours after the elevator that the party of five visitors rode into Grand Canyon Caverns on Sunday broke down, the group of five travelers was still stranded around 200 feet deep in the cave on Monday evening.
At Grand Canyon Caverns, which is situated around 100 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona, there is a modest hotel and restaurant situated twenty stories below ground level. This is where the guests who were stuck in the elevator have been staying while workers tried to fix it.
The Cococino County Sheriff’s Office was looking into the situation on Monday to see if a hoist would be needed to get the people out of the elevator shaft.
“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. “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.”
According to Paxton, there are twenty flights of steps that visitors may ascend in order to exit the tunnels. However, the tourists who are now trapped in the caverns have medical issues that prohibit them from getting out.