Authorities Searching for Man Lost in Kentucky Cave Associated Press/Fox News Wednesday, December 16, 2009
BURNSIDE, Ky. — Emergency officials have responded to the scene of an accident in the Sloan's Valley cave system in southeastern Kentucky.
The sheriff's department couldn't immediately provide details about the incident near Burnside.
WLEX-TV reported that three people entered the caves Wednesday morning but two of them later called emergency workers for help, saying a companion had fallen from a ledge.
Search and rescue teams entered the cave in the afternoon but couldn't locate the man on their first attempt. They returned to the cave for another try and had searched 2 miles into the cave by early evening.
Authorities: Man falls into pit in Ky. cave, dies (AP) 12/16/09
TATEVILLE, Ky. — A man slipped into a deep pit and was killed Wednesday while exploring a treacherous southeastern Kentucky cave, officials said.
Crews worked for hours to recover the body of Steven Troxell, 21, who died of blunt force trauma, said Pulaski County Coroner Richard New.
Troxell and two companions were walking inside the Sloans Valley cave when he fell into the cone-shaped, 30-foot-deep pit. His companions called 911 about 3 p.m. EST, officials said. The coroner said the three were not experienced cavers.