RABAT (AFP): A Spanish caver trapped at the bottom of a cliff in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains died on Saturday, but rescuers were able to save two of his friends, officials said. Emergency services had earlier in the day launched an operation to rescue the three Spaniards after finding them alive days after they were reported missing. Spanish media identified the three as 26-year-old lawyer Gustavo Virues and policemen Juan Bolivar and Jose Antonio Martinez, both 41. It was not immediately known which of the three men had died.

 They were part of a group of nine Spaniards who had split up on Sunday to explore different caves and were later due to meet in Ouarzazate in southern Morocco. By Tuesday afternoon the three failed to show up as planned, triggering concern among their fellow cavers who alerted the authorities. “The two persons who were injured received first aid and will be evacuated to a hospital, but the third caver has unfortunately died,” MAP news agency reported local officials in Ouarzazate as saying. They said the trio “fell from a cliff several hundred metres high” in the Tarmest region.