CAIRO: An Egyptian citizen drowned while sightseeing Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto cave Friday, the state news agency MENA reported.
Mina Ashraf Wadia, 25, fell into the water while he was waiting for his turn to explore the limestone cave located in Kesrouan district, some 20 kilometers north of Beirut; The Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohamed Zayed was quoted by MENA.
After two hours of searching, Wadia’s body was found at the depth of eight meters and pulled out from the freezing water. Lebanese authorities opened investigations into the incident.
The Jeita Grotto is a system of two separate, but interconnected, limestone caves nine kilometers long. Since it channels an underground river, the prehistoric cave can be only visited by boat.