Cave Rescue, November 4, 1993
New Trout Cave, WV


At about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, Wendy Wellis and Mary Davis (both in their early twenties) entered New Trout Cave south of Franklin, West Virginia. A friend was told that they would call at 5:00 p.m., after their planned exit from the cave. They explored for a while and then headed for the entrance. At about 4:00 p.m. they realized they had become disoriented and no longer knew the way out. They decided to wait for help.

That evening the friend called the police and an officer found their car still parked near the cave. At 9:00 p.m., a technical rescue group, the Skills Team, was called. It was not obvious whether the lost cavers were in New Trout, or in nearby Trout or Hamilton Caves, so the rescuers formed three teams and searched all three. Wellis and Davis were found in a small passage near the back of New Trout at about 11:00 p.m. Their lights were still functioning.


NSS News, December 1994 (Part 2) V52N12, Page 402.

Joan Ashley "Skills Team Rescues Virginia Women from Cave" The West Virginia Caver 12:1 Feb 1994 p 8.

Editor "Virginia Girls Rescued from local Cave" Pendleton Times (Franklin, West Virginia) Nov 11, 1993 p 1; paraphrased in D.C. Speleograph Nov 1993 p 9.


No analysis has been done.