Cave Rescue, October 26, 1992
Portal Cave, WV


On the evening of Monday, October 26, two cavers from Pittsburgh Grotto were exploring in Portal Cave in northern Greenbrier County, West Virginia. At about 5:30 p.m. they were some 4000 feet from the entrance when a "breakdown block fell -- or caused a caver to fall -- and hurt one of the caver's legs." In any case Norm Snyder was incapacitated, so his companion left to get help.

After exiting the cave, he went to the Friar's Hole Preserve and encountered a number of very competent cavers. At about 9 p.m. they entered the cave and two hours later found the victim. The leg was splinted with a straightened ankle splint and duct tape; he was given some soup. The leg was swollen but not painful, so the victim was able to proceed out mainly on his own. He was hauled up a 20 foot climb and the 35 foot entrance pit using a pulley on the victim's seat harness and a safety jumar, he reached the surface at about 3:30 a.m.


NSS News, December 1993 (Part 2) V51N12, Page 366.

George Dasher "Rockin' Chair" The West Virginia Caver 10:6 December 1992, pp 9-10.


Dasher attributes his information to one of the rescuers, a caver named Randy Rumor. Randy Rumor??