TEN adventurers had a nerve-racking escape from Lune Cave in Southern Tasmania yesterday.
Emergency services were called about 6pm to retrieve the group after they became trapped in the Ida Bay cave.
Police said the adventurers, aged between 15-30 years, entered a 30-metre shaft about 11am.
They were hoping to leave through another cave but the group found their exit flooded on arrival.
The 10 were forced to backtrack and try to leave through their entry cave.
A climber made the difficult ascent to the top of the shaft to call for help and emergency services were able to remove members from the cave by 8.30pm.
Police said the cavers were never in danger.
The first caver to emerge started extracting his friends and by the time emergency services - comprising two police officers, six Tasmania Fire Service volunteers, a ranger and four SES officers - arrived there were only five cavers to haul out.