Cave Rescue, January 8, 1983
Lemon Hole Cave, PA


On Saturday, January 8, Paul Dougherty (31) and two companions entered Lemon Hole Cave near Latrobe, Pennsylvania. At about noon, and at a point about 40 feet vertically and 175 feet horizontally from the entrance, Dougherty was pinned by the fall of a large rock. His companions summoned help and volunteers from fire and rescue units as well as mine rescue personnel worked for seven hours to free the victim. Dougherty suffered a broken arm and shoulder and rib injuries.


Ed. "100 Workers Free City Man from Cave" Pittsburgh Press Sunday, Jan 9, 1983 p B-4.

AP "Spelunker Hurt in Rock-fall" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan 10, 1983 p 5.

Bruce Randall Personall Communication Jan 20, 1983.


This was the victim's first caving trip. It is possible that he did not excercise due caution in the back part of the cave which reportedly is an 18 inch crawlway with loose rock.