incident at J-4 Cave

Publication
ACA 1973 page 17
Date
9th Nov 1973
Cave
J-4 Cave
State
Pennsylvania
County
Centre
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Caver fall
Primary cause
Unknown
Secondary cause
Group type
Other
Group size
Unknown
Aid type
None
Source
Unknown
Incident flags
     
Data status
Incomplete

Injured cavers

No injured cavers recorded.

Incident report

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)

Notes

Nittany Grotto News Vol XXII, No1 p5.

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