Cave Rescue, January 15, 1984
Rocky Hollow Cave, VA


At about 1 a.m. on January 15, 1984 a group of three cavers entered Rocky Hollow Cave on Powell Mountain in Wise County, Virginia. The weather included snow and freezing temperatures. They were well-clothed but apparently had only a single light source each. They rigged a rope at the entrance and descended hand-over-hand, down a steep incline and the 40 foot entrance pit.

After exploring for some time, Jeff Fields took a fall, injuring a leg. While Hershel Scott stayed with the victim, Mike Flanary was able to climb out and get help.

At 10:30 p.m. the NCRC was called and teams from Bristol/Blountville, Bland County, Virginia, and Marion, Virginia responded. Fields was found to have a fractured ankle, lacerated forehead, and probable fractured ribs. The victims were removed from the cave at 6:30 a.m.


NSS News, November 1985 (Part 2) V43N11, Page 357.

Ken Crowder "Teams Work to Free Two Men From Cave" Times News, (Kinsport, TN) Monday, January 16, 1984 pp 1, 2A.

Jim Lawrence "Cave Incident Report" Nashville Grotto NSS 1 p.

Ed. "Rescuers Save Two Men From Cave in Virginia" Washington Post, January 17, 1984.

Ed. "Accident in Virginia" D.C. Speleograph February 1984.


No analysis has been done.