Woman freed after 12-hour ordeal in cave By Laura Crimaldi Boston Herald Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A Leverett woman who was trapped in a cave for 12 hours was freed early today in a dramatic resuce after chipping away at rock with an air chisel to pry herself loose, authorities said.
“She was a major player in her own rescue,” said Terry Dun, spokesman for the Franklin County Incident Management Assistance Team. “She did most of the hard work of chipping away with an air chisel.”
The 25-year-old woman, who rescuers did not identify, became trapped in an eight-foot chasm located 30 feet below the surface at about 1 p.m. yesterday while exploring caves with friends off of Rattlesnake Gutter Road.