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Cave rescue underway

A rescue like this one is going on in Tennessee. A rescue like this one is going on in Tennessee.
A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Maple Hill Cemetery. A Memorial Day ceremony was held at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Many people in the Tennessee Valley are celebrating the holiday on the water. Many people in the Tennessee Valley are celebrating the holiday on the water.

Cave rescue crews busy in Tennessee

Happy Memorial Day! Here are some of the things we're working on for tonight's news:

Rescue crews are working to free a Huntsville man trapped in a Tennessee Cave. He's been in there for about 25 hours now. He is injured and workers are trying to cut a larger opening in Sinking Cove Cave to get the man out safely. Franklin County, Tennessee Sheriff's officials said the man was 2,000 feet underground when he fell 15-20 feet. This cave is closed to the general public and to visit, you have to get a permit. Stephen McLamb traveled on water-covered trails deep in the woods to get to the scene and will bring you live reports tonight at 5 and 6. Stay with WAFF 48 on air and on WAFF.com for the latest on this rescue operation.

There were many celebrations on this Memorial Day. From President Obama at Arlington National Cemetery to local officials at Maple Hill Cemetery, people came out to honor our nation's fallen soldiers. We'll have video from those ceremonies if you weren't able to make it to one today.

In Harvest, a section of Madison County hard hit by the recent tornadoes, a decorated veteran is not forgotten on this day of remembrance. Sonny served in Vietnam and has already weathered many storms, but this one was significant. Sonny's Purple Heart, awarded for valor, was blown away. Thanks to several kind hearts including a 3-star general, Sonny's home is being rebuilt. Hear his amazing war story tonight at 5.

Meantime, several veterans are helping areas across the valley that look like a war zone. These areas are actually tornado-torn and "those who served" have found a new way to keep on giving. It will put a smile on your face. You don't want to miss this story.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and many people are out on the water or enjoying a water park or pool on this holiday. Every year, unprepared boaters and swimmers hit the water and experience problems. Bobby Shuttleworth was out today to get some crucial information to stay safe for the rest of the season.

The crew of the Shuttle Endeavour is almost home. They're on a slow spiral down to earth, with their arrival Wednesday morning at 1:31 a.m. This is her final flight. She's commanded by Mark Kelly but his wife Congresswoman Gabby Giffords will not be there for his landing, given her medical condition and the late/early hour. When Endeavour's mission is over, she will have flown 139 astronauts into orbit. You can watch the landing live on WAFF 48 and on WAFF.com.

Jim Abath is joining me this afternoon, sitting in for Mark. We'll see you tonight at 5 and 6.

We'll see you then,
Liz Hurley

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