incident at Organ Cave

Publication
ACA 1973 page 10
Date
21st Apr 1973
Cave
Organ Cave
State
West Virginia
County
Unknown
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Caver fall
Primary cause
Unknown
Secondary cause
Group type
Cavers
Group size
Unknown
Aid type
None
Source
Unknown
Incident flags
     
Data status
Incomplete

Injured cavers

Name Age Sex Injuries Injured areas
Nigon, Dick 25 Male Fracture Toe

Incident report

A group of seven cavers, ranging in age from 17 to 28, were returning from a 14-hour trip into the Lower Lipps section of Organ Cave. Dick Nigon (about 25) made a 7-foot drop from the Stadium Room to the floor of the Rimstone Passage. Nigon broke his toe, apparently on this drop, but did not mention it to his companions. The nearest entrance, still three hours away, was reached without further incident.

Analysis: An alternative route requiring only a 4-foot drop was overlooked by some members of the group. As a result of this incident, first aid supplies and fresh carbide have now been stocked in this remote section of Organ Cave and at the Field House.

References

Stevens, Paul. (1973) "Cave Accident Report." D.C. Speleograph. June issue.

This record was last updated on 18th Nov 2023 at 00:30 UTC.