On Monday evening, May 25, Howard Miller and Paige Dempsey (late 20's) entered Brammer Cave, in the Flattop Mountain area of Summers County, West Virginia. The cave has about 200 feet of horizontal passage between walk-in and pit entrances. Visitors normally enter via the walk-in and climb out the pit entrance, and these two apparently intended the same. They made their way to the pit, burning oily rag for light. Dempsey got about 40 feet up in the climb out before he fell, suffering serious head injuries.
His companion went for help, and it reportedly took rescue personnel about 4 1/2 hours to get the victim out. He was hospitalized with a blood clot in his brain.
NSS News, December 1993 (Part 2) V51N12, Page 360.
George Dasher "Summers County Caving Accident" The West Virginia Caver 10:4 August, 1992, p 15.
No analysis has been done.