incident at Cave Near Bedford

Publication
ACA 1973 page 17
Date
4th Nov 1973
Cave
Cave Near Bedford
State
Indiana
County
Unknown
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Caver fall
Primary cause
Tried to jump a gap
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
Trousdale, Bill 30 Male Fracture, bruise Rib, hip

Incident report

Sunday, 4 November 1973 While exploring a horizontal cave, five cavers were walking along a ledge about 10 feet above water line when the ledge terminated. One person was able to jump the 6-foot-wide canyon to a platform on the other side. Bill Trousdale (30) tried the same leap. landed on the lip. but slipped backwards into the canyon. He struck a rock with his left side and then landed in 2 feet of water. Trousdale sustained a broken rib and a badly bruised hip. but was able to get out of the cave with only occasional help from the other members of the caving party. Analysis: "Don't go against the first rule of caving DON'T JUMP." (Trousdale)

Source: Report by Bill Trousdale

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