Cave Rescue Incidents and Accidents
Reports listed herein have all happened within the Eastern Region of the NCRC. This area includes the following states: West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Each report is broken up into three categories: The actual report of the accident/incident, reference and an analysis of the event.
A significant number of these reports have been taken verbatim from the National Speleological Society's annual reports of American Caving Accidents. Most of these reports are the work of Steve Knutson, the long time editor of the NSS American Caving Accidents reports. We wish to thank him for his long term efforts in cave rescue.
There is also a large number of reports that have been taken from grotto newsletters and other sources. Where applicable there is a reference made to the source of the report.
The purpose of these reports is to educate cavers of the dangers involved in caving and to maybe prevent future accidents and incidents. Please read these incidents and take notes. Remember what you learn today may prevent you from having an accident or even a fatality tomorrow.
As of Feburary 2005, 188 of 350 reports are available online. This figure is only for those that have been indexed within this system. Currently we estimate that there have been approximately 500 incidents/accidents within the Eastern Region since records have been kept.
Douglas Moore worked hard on comprising this inforamtion when he was the Easter Region coordinator/webmaster from 1997-2005.
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