Cave Rescue, August 23, 1986
Stompbottom Cave, VA


On Saturday, August 23, three cavers went surveying beyond the Gnarly-Hole in Stompbottom Cave in Tazewell County, Virginia. At around 5 p.m., Kolchiro Takamizawa was climbing a breakdown pile to check a lead when a large rock slipped a few inches, trapping both of his feet.

After a hal hour of work, his companions had freed one foot. At 7 p.m. one companion went fro help. CRCN was reached and had rescuers at the cave early Sunday morning. The victim and companion stayed warm with garbage bags and carbide lamps.

At 3:30 a.m. the victim had freed himself by digging in the ground beneath his ankle. They proceeded to a point 100 feet from the Gnarly Hole and waited for a splint to be brough through the tight crawls. Due to miscommunications and inability of rescuers to fit through the tight places, a splint never arrived. At 6:30 a.m. they started out, arriving at the entrance at 9 a.m.


NSS News, November 1987 (Part 2) V45N11, Page 395.

Joan Johnson, Koichrio Takamizawa "Stompbottom Accident Report" Tech Troglodyte (VPI Grotto) Spring 1987.


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