incident at Sloan's Valley Cave

Publication
ACA 1973 page 18
Date
10th Nov 1973
Cave
Sloan's Valley Cave
State
Kentucky
County
Unknown
Country
USA
Category
Caving
Incident type
Stranded
Primary cause
Unexpected pit exit
Secondary cause
Insufficient equipment
Group type
Other
Group size
Unknown
Aid type
Surface aid
Source
Unknown
Incident flags
       
Data status
Incomplete

Injured cavers

No injured cavers recorded.

Incident report

Five people, some of whom were members of the Cincinnati Mountaineering Club, entered the Minton Hollow entrance of Sloan's Valley Cave at 2:00 p.m. and arrived at the Screaming Willy Pit entrance at 8:00 p.m. Bruce Pierno, Alan Wernersbach, Bill Strachan, Midge Longeway, and Steve Weiter had to be assisted out of the cave by members of the Blue Grass Grotto. One man insisted on free climbing. but was forced to use a belay. He then fell and was caught.

Analysis: "There have been two rescues in the same pit entrance in one month. In both cases parties encountered the entrance from inside and tried to use it as a means of avoiding a long return trip. They were, of course, unprepared and unfit to use this type of entrance." (Simpson)

References

Source: Simpson, Louis E. (1973) "Screaming Willy Rescue (2nd in a Series). COG Squeaks. Vol. 16. No. 12. p. 114.

Notes

COG Squeaks Vol16 No12 p114

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