The New Paris Sinks consist of several short vertical caves that are closed to casual caving. In January, cavers visited these caves as part of a Pennsylvania Game Commission Bat Survey. the first pit done was about a 40-foot drop with the rope laying against a wall of the pit. These pit are seldom visited and the weather just prior to this trip was a series of freeze-thaw cycles. Thus it was expected that there might be loose material at the edge and upper sides of the pits.
Two cavers descended, clearing some loose debris in the process. Jim Hart (35) was ascending and was about ten feet off the floor when he was struck on a shoulder by "a chunk of mud or other debris." This was painful but he was able to continue using his ropewalker system.
NSS News, December 1993 (Part 2) V51N12, Page 354.
John Chenger, NSS Accident Report undated, 2 pages.
No analysis has been done.