At about 3 p.m. on Friday, June 25, Gale Beach (31) slipped on a rainslick rock at the entrance of Cornwell Cave, West Virginia, injuring her foot. This was an NSS Convention field trip. Consequently, a call to the convention registration desk produced rescuers within an hour. Beach was placed on a litter and manually hauled up the side of the 1,000 foot deep gorge, from the entrance to the road. By 8 p.m. the victim was in a truck on the way to the hospital. It was determined that she had broken two bones in her foot.
NSS News, May 1981 (Part 2) V39N5, Page A12.
Chuck Wilkerson "Cheat River Gorge Rescue" D.C. Speleograph 32:8 August 1976 p 9.
Entrance areas, because of biological activity, can produce extremely slippery conditions. It is not clear whether the accident actually occurred within the cave or not.