American Caving Accidents

2015 Accident and Incident Reports on File

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The current file of reports for 2015 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. The standard information required for an ACA incident summary is listed in the style guide.

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2015 Incidents

26 caving incidents reported

Date

Cave

Location

Result

Incident Type

February 14 Carroll Cave Missouri aid, no injury difficulty on rope/ladder
February 15 Haunted Chasm Cave California injury, no aid equipment problem
March 27 Skull Cave California injury and aid caver fall
April 1 Decorah Ice Cave Iowa injury and aid caver fall
April 5 unspecified cave New Mexico injury, no aid caver fall
April ?? [TNWH148] Cave Tennessee no injury, no aid difficulty on rope/ladder
May 9 unspecified cave Colorado injury, no aid other, ruptured tendon
May 17 Schoharie Cave (Caverns?) New York injury, no aid other
May 26 Fisher Ridge Cave Kentucky no injury, no aid equipment problem
May 30 Neffs Cave Utah no injury, no aid equipment problem
June 19 Jewel Cave South Dakota injury, no aid caver fall
June 20 unnamed crevice cave Ontario injury and aid caver fall
June 30 Timpanogos Cave System Utah no injury, no aid other, bear spray deployed
July 5 Stephens Gap Cave Alabama aid, no injury stranded
July 6 Big Four Ice Caves Washington 2 fatalities, injuries other, ice cave collapse
July 25 Marbo Cave Guam fatality drowning
September 6 Stephens Gap Cave Alabama fatality caver fall
September 10 Raccoon Mountain Caverns Tennessee ? stuck?
October 2 Scott Hollow Cave West Virginia injury and aid caver fall
October 3 Pond Cave Arizona no injury, no aid equipment problem
October 10 Lick Creek Cave Montana injury and aid stranded
October 24 Fort Stanton Cave New Mexico aid, no injury illness
November 15 Lechuguilla Cave New Mexico injury, no aid other, muscle injury
November 21 Cherylsbad Cave Oklahoma no injury, no aid illness
December 20 talus cave New Jersey injury, no aid other, attacked by bear
December 27 Cemetary Pit Georgia no injury, no aid difficulty on rope/ladder

 

2015 Cave Diving Incidents

5 incidents reported

Date

Cave

Location

Result

Incident Type

January 17 Devils Eye Florida fatality illness
February 25 Sistema Camilo Mexico fatality complications during dive/heart attack
April 26 Devils Eye Florida fatality out of air
April 28 Sistema Dos Ojos Mexico fatality unknown/diving solo
June 8 Volusia Blue Spring Florida fatality ran out of air

 

2015 Caving-Related Incidents

5 incidents reported

Date

Cave

Location

Result

Incident Type

January 3 unnamed cave Kentucky dog rescued from cave
January 8 marble quarry California aid, no injury illness while working on a dig
March 5 unspecified cave Missouri dog rescued from cave
March 8 unspecified cave Texas injury, no aid fell after exiting cave
June 6 ridgewalking Oregon no injury, no aid medical issue

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