Cave Rescue, September, 1978
Bowden Cave, WV


On Labor Day weekend a group was caving in Bowden Cave, near Elkins, West Virginia. At about 9:30 p.m. Tom Brooks of the Syracuse University Outing Club took a 30-foot fall about 2/3 mile from the entrance. The cave is only 1/2 mile from where an Old Timers Reunion (NSS) was being held. When Brooks' companions notified the local rescue squad, word got to the OTR. A crew was dispatched to the cave to verify the report while others got their gear together. The State Police and a fire department as well as the rescue squad were involved. Field telephones connected the entrance with accident scene. The rescueres were divided into teams which relayed the victim, warmly covered and strapped to a stretcher. The victim reached the entrance at 4:30 a.m. He later underwent skull surgery and has since recovered.


NSS News, May 1981 (Part 2) V39N5, Page A50.

John Powers "Bowden Cave Rescue" Subterranean Sun 8:9 Sept. 1978.


Too little information. The victim was lucky in his proximity to the OTR.