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Teenagers Rescued After Days Lost in Paris Catacombs

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Travel Editor
Updated: 16 June 2017
Like something straight out of a horror film, two teenagers were recently rescued after three days spent lost in the Paris catacombs.

The Paris catacombs are an ossuary where the remains of more than 6 million people have been laid to rest. The catacombs stretch hundreds of miles in a dizzying array of maze-like tunnels and caves. Started in the 18th century, this former limestone quarry was transformed into a burial ground for Parisian residents until it was blessed and consecrated in 1786, turning it into what is now the catacombs.

According to The Guardian, a 16 and 17 year old were lost for days in the pitch-black tunnels of the Paris catacombs before being rescued and taken to a hospital for hypothermia treatment.

“It was thanks to the dogs that we found them,” a spokesman for the Paris fire service told The Gaurdian.

Paris catacombs | © Hartmut Kellner
Paris catacombs | © Hartmut Kellner

Of the 150 miles of dizzying tunnels that make up the catacombs, only a small section is open to the public. Since 1995 there has been a law against entering the off-limits areas of the catacombs, although school children and dare devils have been known to find ways to access these area via secret entrances.

While it is not immediately clear how the pair of teenagers got lost or who notified police of their absence, what is clear is that two teens are extremely lucky to have been found at all.