Cave Rescue, September 18, 1993
New River Cave, VA


REPORT

On Saturday, September 18, a group of five entered New River Cave in Virginia. They proceeded through much of the cave and at one point found themselves at the Mud Room, a large chamber floored with fine, slick silt deposits. At one end of this room is a steep descent overlooking a continuation of the stream passage. The climb is covered with the same hard, slick mud.

Tom Spina was fourth in line to descend. He descended a short way and was groping along the left wall for a handhold when his feet lost traction and he "rocketed down." He left the steep slope and did a half roll before hitting the bottom, head first. Fortunately the stream formed a deep pool at that point and he was uninjured, quickly coming to the surface and swimming to shore.

The trip continued without further incident.


References

NSS News, December 1994 (Part 2) V52N12, Page 399.

Tom Spina "Good Times, Bad times . . . in New River" Tidewater's Ooze (Tidewater Grotto, NSS) 13:11 Nov 1993 pp 3-4.


Analysis

Use a hand line or belay on exposed climbs and traverses.