Cave Rescue, May 25, 1991
Bone-Norman Cave, WV


REPORT

On Saturday, May 25, a caver (about 30) from Baltimore Grotto entered Norman Cave in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He was apparently a novice. When he reached the 20-foot waterfall drop about 300 feet inside, he either didn't know about the crawlway and climb-down or couldn't find it, and tried to chimney down the falls. Shod in tennis shoes and carrying a flashlight for light, he fell the 20 feet to the bottom. It was awhile before he was found and it was seven hours before rescuers got him to the entrance; in the process it appears that hypothermia almost claimed him. He reportedly stopped breathing once or twice and had to be resuscitated. Plenty of cavers were on hand as a big effort was occurring at nearby Friars Hole. In any case he did suffer some back injury and a broken tibia and fibula in one leg.


References

NSS News, December 1992 (Part 2) V50N12, Page 346.

George Dasher "Rockin' Chair" The West Virginia Caver, (9)4, August, 1991, page 9.

John Chenger "Rescue at Bone/Norman mishandled?" The Loyalhanna Troglodyte, (4) 4, Summer, 1991, p 141.


Analysis

This guy is a grotto member and no one took him aside and gave him any advice? Supposedly, you can be thrown out of the NSS for unsafe caving. Solo, tennis shoed, flashlight, unbelayed . . .