incident at Case Cave

Publication
ACA 1973 page 15
Date
21st Sep 1973
Cave
Case Cave
State
Georgia
County
Unknown
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Caver fall
Primary cause
Slip
Secondary cause
Steepness
Group type
Other
Group size
Unknown
Aid type
Underground aid
Source
Unknown
Incident flags
       
Data status
Incomplete

Injured cavers

Name Age Sex Injuries Injured areas
Wolff, Barbara 18 Female Fracture Leg

Incident report

Friday, 21 September 1973 "On 21 September 1973, a group of 28 students from Covenant College, about half of them novices, entered Case Cave. At 10:30 p.m. one of the experienced cavers was helping Barbara Wolff (18), a novice, down a steep, wet, slippery clay bank in the Moon Room when he lost his anchoring. Both slid 40 feet down, hit a rock wall on the opposite side, then dropped into a waist-deep stream. The other party members constructed a make-shift stretcher and wrapped the girl who was believed to have suffered a broken leg. While several members were sent to get a rescue squad, she was transported about one mile to the entrance where a 60-foot ladder prevented farther movement. While waiting for help, Barbara went into shock, and stopped breathing but was sustained by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the Dade County Rescue Squad arrived with oxygen. She was pulled out in a litter by the team at about 2:00 a.m. and rushed to a Chattanooga hospital. She sustained minor back injuries and a badly bruised knee." (Elliot)

Analysis:

"Because the Rescue Squad was being called up, party members should have left Barbara in the Moon Room instead of moving her without adequate equipment. Also her sopping wet clothes should have been replaced with dryer pieces from other members. "The accident would probably not have occurred had a rope been used to help descend the steep, slippery slope." (Elliot)

References

Sources: Report by Elizabeth Elliot LeVan, Mike. (1973) "Covenant Coed Suffers Injuries in Fall While Exploring Case Cave." Chattanooga News-Free Press. 22 September 1973.

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