incident at Coach Cave

Publication
ACA 1973 page 14
Date
1st Sep 1973
Cave
Coach Cave
State
Kentucky
County
Unknown
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Caver fall
Primary cause
Slip
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
Corrie, Sara 58 Female Dislocation Shoulder

Incident report

Kentucky, Coach Cave

Saturday, 1 September 1973

Sara Corrie (58) had just completed a long, low crawl in Coach Cave and was starting a 20-foot descent when her foot slipped on the slick rock. Although she received a sharp blow to her elbow and dislocated her shoulder, she was able to climb back up into the crawlway. Soon afterwards she was unable to crawl because of shock. First aid was administered to Mrs. Corrie. She was pulled through most of the 2500 feet of crawlways on a low cart made especially for hauling ropes and other caving gear.

Analysis: Sara Corrie had been down this crawl and into this part of the cave several times and was well aware of its nature. The accident occurred because of momentary carelessness while descending slick rock.

Source: Report by Sara Corrie

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