American Caving Accidents

2001 Accident and Incident Reports on File
37 reports on file

Last update: February 18, 2007

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The current file of reports for 2001 includes the incidents listed below. In some cases the reports are incomplete. If you have information about such incidents or about an incident which is not listed here, please contact the ACA Editor at aca@caves.org or use the online accident report form to report it.

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Incidents listed in red are those for which the file is incomplete. The standard information required for an ACA incident summary is listed in the style guide.

 2001 Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type

January 31

Sides Cave

Kentucky

injury and aid

caver fall

February 10

Nutty Putty Cave

Utah

aid, no injury

stuck

February 11

Kula Kai Caverns

Hawaii

injury and aid

caver fall

February 24

Rattling Cave

Tennessee

injury and aid

caver fall, equipment failure

February 27

Redman Cave

Arizona

fatality

drowned, inadequate equipment

March 8

Rattling Cave

Tennessee

aid, no injury

stranded on rope, exhaustion

March 10

Alexander Cave

Arkansas

injury, no aid

caver fall, cut hand

March 17

Nutty Putty Cave

Utah

aid, no injury

stuck

April 7

Bowden Cave

West Virginia

injury and aid

caver fall

April 27

Blue Spring Cave

Tennessee

injury and aid

dislocated shoulder

May 3

unnamed cave at Purgatory Chasm

Massachusetts

aid, no injury

stuck

May 26 Resumidero la Joya Mexico injury and aid caver fall

June 2

unnamed pit

New Brunswick

injury, no aid

rockfall

June 23

Carpenter-Swago Cave West Virginia aid, no injury stranded in [it

June

Earthquake 90 Cave

Tennessee

fatality

jumped or fell into

July 4

unnamed Lancaster County cave

Pennsylvania

fatality

rockfall entrapment

July 15 Pettijohns Cave Georgia injury and aid caver fall, climbing hand-over-hand
July 15 Road Cut Cave Kentucky injury and aid caver fall
July 28 Bowden Cave West Virginia aid, no injury flood entrapment
July 28 Pettijohns Cave Georgia aid, no injury exhaustion, hypothermia
August 12 Hopkins Chocolate Cave California injury and aid caver fall, inadequate equipment
August 14 Lick Creek Cave Montana injury and aid caver fall, descending hand-over-hand

September 1

Cass Cave

West Virginia

aid, no injury

stranded in pit, inadequate equipment

September 1

Lost Creek Siphon

Montana no consequence equipment problem

September 1

My Cave

West Virginia

aid, no injury

stranded in pit

September 9

John Browns Cave

West Virginia

aid, no injury

lost, stranded, inadequate equipment

September 15

unspecified pit cave

Indiana

injury and aid

caver fall, no belay or safety at pit lip

October 3

Pinnacles Cave

Nevada

aid, no injury

trapped, stranded

October 6

Lost Creek Siphon

Montana no consequence caver fall

October 6

Skunk Cave

Iowa

aid, no injury

stuck in crevice

October 7

Gage Caverns

New York

aid, no injury

stuck in crevice

October 20

Bowden Cave

West Virginia

fatality

illness, apparent heart attack

October

unspecified cave

Kentucky

injury and aid

rockfall entrapment

December 2

Lost Creek Siphon

Montana

injury, no aid

difficulty on rope, frostbite

December 3 Lechuguilla Cave New Mexico injury, no aid twisted ankle

December 15

Tumbling Rock Cave

Alabama

fatality

illness, heart attack in cave

December 21 Sistema Purificacion Mexico injury, no aid caver fall, broken leg

 

Cave Diving Accidents and Incidents

2001 Diving Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type

February 18

Royal Springs

Florida

two fatalities

inadequate equipment

February 26

Cenote Escondido 

Mexico

fatality

inadequate equipment, inexperience

February 26

Clarksville Cave

New York

fatality

stuck at constriction

March 1 Andros Blue Hole Bahamas fatality cause unknown

May 5

Emerald Sink

Florida

fatality

inadequate equipment

May 7

Devils Ear Spring

Florida

fatality

out of air

June 23

Ginnie Springs

Florida

fatality

intoxication, no equipment

August 5 Great Blue Hole Belize fatality cause unknown
October 26 Jackson Blue Spring Florida fatality cause unknown

 

Caving-Related Incidents

2001 Caving-related Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
February 14 Emisine Cave Hawaii injury, no aid fell on hike to cave, cut hand
April 24 unspecified lava tube near Hilo Hawaii fatality fell into entrance, stuck head-down

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