American Caving Accidents

2000 Accident and Incident Reports on File
 41 reports on file

Last update: February 18, 2007

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The current file of reports for 2000 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.

NSS Members can read this ACA issue (and more) online.

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.

 2000 Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type

January 1

Queen Blair Cave

Indiana

aid, no injury

lost, stranded, intoxication, inexperience

January 4

Onyx Cave

Arizona

injury and aid

caver fall, broken leg

January 9

Emisine Cave

Hawaii

injury and aid

cut by sharp rock

February 12

Cemetery Pit

Georgia

aid, no injury

stranded on rope, inexperience

February 12

Indian Grave Point Cave

Tennessee

aid, no injury

stranded, descended pit hand-over-hand

February 12

Sloans Valley Cave

Kentucky

injury and aid

stuck in crevice

February 16

Jennings Cave

Florida

aid, no injury

stranded in pit, inadequate equipment

February 17

Rattling Cave

Tennessee

aid, no injury

difficulty on rope

February 26

Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave

Tennessee

aid, no injury

stranded

March 2

Tongue River Cave

Wyoming

injury and aid

caver fall

March 11

Cass Cave

West Virginia

aid, no injury

flood entrapment

March 15

J-4 Cave

Pennsylvania

injury and aid

caver fall

March 16

Birds Drop

Virginia

fatality

caver fall

March 24

Doe Mountain Cave

Virginia

injury and aid

caver fall, dislocated shoulder

April 6

Tongue River Cave

Wyoming

injury and aid

caver fall

April 8

Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave

Tennessee

injury and aid

caver fall

April 9

Thunderhole

Alabama

aid, no injury

stranded in pit, inadequate equipment

April 18

Cueva Chorreadero

Mexico

injury and aid

lost, stranded, hypothermia

April 22

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky

injury and aid

caver fall, broken ankle

April 22

W-Road Cave

Tennessee

aid, no injury

stranded in pit, inadequate equipment

April 29

Climax Cave

Georgia

injury, no aid

histoplasmosis

April 30 unspecified cave in Sevier County Tennessee injury and aid caver fall
May 13 unnamed cave Washington injury and aid rockfall entrapment

May 20

O-9 Well

Texas

injury and aid

caver fall, broken ankle

Spring

Cueva Alfredo Jahn

Venezuela

injury, no aid

histoplasmosis

June 27 Fieldhouse Cave West Virginia aid, no injury caver fall from ladder

July 1

Big Springs Cave

West Virginia

injury and aid

caver fall, dislocated shoulder

July 4 Greenville Saltpeter Cave West Virginia injury and aid caver fall

August 5

Nielsons Well

Utah

no consequence

rockfall

August 12

Clarks Cave

Virginia

injury and aid

caver fall, dislocated shoulder

August 12 Wind-Ice Cave Wyoming aid, no injury stranded, inadequate equipment
August 15 talus cave at Pine Mountain New Hampshire aid, no injury stuck
August 19 Bat Cave Kentucky injury and aid caver fall

August

Duffield Cave

Pennsylvania

aid, no injury

stuck, hypothermia

September 2

Gruta del Palmito

Mexico

injury and aid

caver fall, dislocated shoulder

September 7

Sulfur Cave

Colorado

injury and aid

hypoxia, bad air

September 16 Great Saltpeter Cave Kentucky injury, no aid struck by thrown cyalume stick

September 30

O-9 Well

Texas

fatality

caver fall, bolt climbing

October 19

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky

aid, no injury

lost, stranded

December 3

Snail Shell Cave

Tennessee

injury and aid

stranded, hypothermia

December 9

Pink Lime Pit

Utah

aid, no injury

stranded on rope

 

Cave Diving Accidents and Incidents

2000 Diving Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
March 6 Little River Spring Florida fatality siltation, exceeded training
March 11 Cenote Dos Ojos Mexico injury, no aid decompression sickness
May 29 Little River Spring Florida fatality inadequate equipment
June 26 Poza de Juan Claro Cuba four fatalities no guideline, inadequate equipment
July 13 Cenote Sabak Ha Mexico fatality apparent heart attack
September 17 unnamed well in Goss Canyon California fatality bad air in gas pocket
November 2 Ceita Core Brazil fatality deep diving on air
November 23 Vortex Spring Florida fatality unknown

 

Caving-Related Incidents

2000 Outside Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
March 4 Garnet mine near Orogrande New Mexico fatality fell down mine shaft

March 11

Canteen Springs Cave

Uah

no consequence

snowmobile fell into cave

March 19

Letís All Pray to Jesus Cave

British Columbia

injury and aid

rockfall, caver fall

June 15 Lechuguilla Cave New Mexico injury and aid fell while hiking to cave, broken leg
July 9 Steeles Cave West Virginia aid, no injury rescued stranded calf from cave
August 12 Rippled Cave California injury, no aid stung by wasps
October 14 Buckners Cave Indiana injury and aid fell into entrance sink, intoxication
November 10 unnamed cave Hawaii fatality swept into cave entrance, drowned
November 12 Blount County cave Alabama injury and aid kidnapping victim left in cave
November 15 Spitting Cave Hawaii fatality jumped onto rocks outside entrance
November 18 Indian Cave Tennessee injury and aid drug overdoses at party in cave

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