Cave Rescue, August 7, 1993
Scott Hollow Cave, WV


On Thursday, August 5, two cavers entered Scott Hollow Cave, a 20-mile long system in Monroe County, West Virginia. They intended a three day exploration and survey trip to the Birthday Pit area. Two cavers, Mike McFall and Michelle Bostic, entered and joined them at their upstream camp on Saturday to help with the survey. When Bostic arrived at the camp she was suffering abdominal discomfort in the area of the abdomen where she had had surgery six weeks before. Bostic was in good spirits and no one was alarmed at her problem. She stayed in camp with McFall that day while the other two did a tourist trip.

Sunday morning the original two broke camp first and had exited the cave by 11:00 a.m. The other two followed later, with Bostic initially in good condition. As she progressed the pain increased and at Kansas, about 1.5 miles from the entrance, she was no longer able to walk. McFall exited at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday to bring news of her incapacitation.

The authorities were alerted and at 3:30 p.m three cavers went back to the victim with hot packs, warm cloths and hot drinks. Rescuers soon followed and Bostic was packaged in a SKED, carried downstream to Middle Earth and up Mastodon Avenue to the entrance. The vertical culvert pipe was rigged for hauling and Bostic was put in a seat harness and brought up, at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday. About 100 cavers were involved in the rescue.


NSS News, December 1994 (Part 2) V52N12, Page 395-396.

Greg Springer "Scott Hollow Rescue . . . " Electronic Mail, Cavers Forum Aug 16, 1993.

Chris Anderson "Rescue in Scott Hollow Cave" Ibid Aug 17, 1993.

Mike Dore "Rescue in Scott Hollow Cave" The West Virginia Caver Oct 1993 p 17.


No analysis has been done.