published Monday, May 27th, 2013

Caver rescued in LaFayette, taken to hospital in critical condition

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    Ellison's Cave features the deepest known cave pit in the continental United States, dropping 586 feet straight down.
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An experienced caver was rescued around 1 p.m. today after spending nearly 21 hours far down in Ellison’s Cave in LaFayette, according to Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn.

“We have successfully removed the patient from the cave and have transported him by Lifeforce to Erlanger, where he is in critical condition,” Ashburn said.

Due to the nature of the operation, teams specializing in cave rescue were summoned from across the tri-state area.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was caving with three friends in one of the most difficult caves in the country on Sunday when he fell nearly 40 feet.

The fall happened just after 4 p.m. It took one of his companions until 6:30 p.m. to climb out of the cave and call for help.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Times Free Press.

about Lindsay Burkholder...

Lindsay Burkholder is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. She graduated from Covenant College in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. While at Covenant she spent time writing for and editing the news section of the school newspaper, The Bagpipe. Burkholder also attended the World Journalism Institute in New York City in 2011.

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