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Teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after three-day ordeal

15 Juin 2017

If you've never been, Paris' catacombs *are* fascinating; the centuries-old human remains were transferred there in the 1780s as a means of dealing with the city's overflowing cemeteries.

Two teenagers spent three days trapped inside a pitch-black burial complex deep under Paris after getting lost.

The two, aged 16 and 17, were taken to hospital and were treated for hypothermia after being found by search teams and rescue dogs in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"It was thanks to the dogs that we found them", a spokesman for the Paris fire service said.

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A spokesperson for Paris-Museums, which is charged with maintaining the catacombs as a tourist site, reassured the public that the main route is well signposted and that no visitors had even gotten lost in that part.

But enthusiasts, known in French as cataphiles, have been known to sneak illegally into the tunnels via secret entrances, to explore them or hold secret parties, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports. The pair reportedly when into the catacombs on Saturday night.

No one is exactly sure how the teens got in there, or who notified authorities that they probably needed help, but, happily, their bones did not join those of the six million other souls down there.

Although entering the catacombs is illegal, the tunnels are popular among young kids and partiers, despite the tunnels being completely dark, and the ambient temperature hovering around 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after three-day ordeal