Man found dead on rock in James River
‘Disturbance’ leads to shooting at Southside apartment complex, police say

Teens rescued after 3 days in Paris catacombs

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Two teenagers have been treated in hospital for hypothermia after spending three days lost in the network of catacombs under Paris.

The skull-lined burial site, which was once known as the “Empire of the Dead” and dates back to the late 18th century, contains the remains of around six million people. The tunnels stretch approximately 250 kilometers (150 miles) under Paris.

The boys, who are aged 16 and 17, were located by search crews with sniffer dogs in a rescue operation that took place early Wednesday morning, according to Agence-France Presse news.

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

The public can access a limited section of the catacombs, which were old quarries used in the late 1780s to house Paris’ dead.

The catacombs are popular tourist attraction, but most tunnels remain closed off to the public and unauthorized entry is prohibited under French law. Police patrol the tunnels and impose fines on violators.

Despite this, the tunnels are popular with groups known as “cataphiles” who illegally enter and explore the area, occasionally holding parties below ground.

Google Map for coordinates 48.833832 by 2.332422.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.