I would have posted all this information earlier, but it took a while to be approved... Here's my story. Tuesday morning my two friends, Sam and Zack, and I (Joe) decided to go to Anderson Springs Cave. I had been last week but wanted to explore some more of the cave - Sam and Zack hadn't been to this cave yet. We all have been caving together for about 2 months. We hiked down from Rape Gap and got into the cave sometime around 2 p.m. When we entered the room with the large Stalagmite on your left, we went up and to the right. I remember crawling through a squeeze and entering a room that had a large chimney, this is where the accident happened. Zack went first and used a large squared boulder to get up the first part, and then I helped Sam get up, who also used the boulder as a hand hold. I followed behind and instead of using the boulder for just a hand hold, I used it as three points of contact with only my left foot using a jug on the other side of the chimney. When I pulled my weight up to grab the next right hand hold the boulder gave loose and I rode it down in a bear-hug to the floor of the cave. Thankfully the back of my butt and thigh had landed in a crack on the floor and with some struggling I was able to pull my leg out from under the boulder. I freaked out. I remember Zack ripping my pants to see the wound and looking down to see my bone and a lot of blood. We decided that Sam would stay with me and Zack would go get a rescue team, and we made sure to leave a marker so that they could quickly find us. I then had to talk Sam through some pretty gross first aid; we used our knee pads for tourniquets and my left sock as a support, but we didn't have anything to splint the leg, so every time we moved the leg I would feel the bones scraping - not fun. According to the rescue team we waited there for three hours just basically cracking jokes and eating some Cliff bars. Sam went out to make sure there were some markers to our location, basically because I was going a little stir crazy, and probably 20 minutes later the Walker County Fire/Cave Rescue team was there. They got me reheated and wrapped up and out of the cave in 2 hours, and considering that I am at least 200 lb.. that is impressive. They rolled me down the side of the mountain to the land owners pasture where we waited for about 15 minutes for the helicopter to show. I am now the proud owner of a new rod in my leg and 3 screws. I got discharged from the hospital Monday and am back home. But I'm not out of the woods yet. The major crushing wound caused some pretty serious skin damage that if it doesn't stop leaking by Friday I am going to have to have some more surgery. Walker County Rescue was amazing and fast, and I owe my life to them. Sam and Zack came through when I wholly depended on them, and I really am in debt to them - first rounds on me.
Post by Brian Roebuck on Oct 4, 2007 5:23:47 GMT -5
Joe, Get well soon. Tell your caving budies they did a great job taking care of you and getting you help. I'm glad it was no worse of an injury for you. It just goes to show us all that accidents can happen to the best of us at any time. Being prepared and properly trained goes a long way to making caving much more safe and enjoyable.
Brian Roebuck NSS 34626 RL (FE) ----- Caving is far too serious to be taken seriously.