American Caving Accidents

2004 Accident and Incident Reports on File
23 reports on file

Last update: June 26, 2007

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The current file of reports for 2004 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.

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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.

 2004 Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
24 January Cumberland Caverns Tennessee fatality illness, heart attack in cave
27 February Sweet Potato Cave Kentucky aid, no injury stuck
17 March Cueva de Alpazat Puebla, Mexico aid, no injury flood entrapment
20 March Cave of the Farside Colorado aid, no injury stuck
23 March Beware Cave Utah fatality drowning
3 April unspecified cave on Cerro de Estrella Mexico DF aid, no injury lost, stranded, inadequate equipment
8 April New River Cave Virginia injury and aid caver fall
10 April Oregon Caves Oregon aid, no injury illness, fainted in cave, history or heart trouble
18 April Lost Fossil Cave New Mexico aid, no injury rockfall entrapment
24 April unspecified cave near Spokane Washington injury and aid caver fall, lost control on rappel
2 May Fort Stanton Cave New Mexico injury, no aid caver fall
14 May Bell Cavern Colorado aid, no injury lost, stranded, inadequate equipment
27 May Catacombs Cave California aid, no injury lost
17 June Smiths Crack Idaho aid, no injury stuck
25 June Peppersauce Cave Arizona no consequence lost
5 July Ape Cave Washington injury and aid caver fall
28 July Long Cold Cave Nevada injury and aid rockfall
18 August Devils Den Arkansas aid, no injury stuck
20 August Nutty Putty Cave Utah aid, no injury stuck
4 September Nutty Putty Cave Utah aid, no injury stuck
9 October Narrows Cave Colorado injury and aid rockfall entrapment
9 October Waterworks Cave Tennessee injury and aid dislocated shoulder
1 December Devils Punchbowl Guam fatality caver fall, fell into 50-foot deep entrance pit

 

Cave Diving Accidents and Incidents

2004 Diving Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
25 January Forty Fathom Grotto Florida aid and injury lost consciousness
16 March Nohoch Na Chich Yucatan, Mexico fatality lost consciousness, contaminated gas
16 March Cenote Dos Ojos Yucatan, Mexico fatality lost consciousness, contaminated gas
26 March unnamed sea cave on Oahu Hawaii fatality cause unknown
8 April Cueva Oztoquito Puebla, Mexico fatality cause unknown
12 June Eagles Nest Florida two fatalities siltation, lost guideline, out of air
21 August Devils Ear Florida fatality no guideline, out of air
9 December Sac Actun Yucatan, Mexico two fatalities lost, out of air

 

Caving-Related Incidents

2004 Caving-related Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
10 January unnamed cave at La Joya SLP, Mexico injury and aid caver fall
18 January unnamed pit near Gomez Farias Tamaulipas, Mexico fatality intoxicated man fell into pit beside trail
18 January unnamed sinkhole near Apopka Florida injury and aid walker swallowed by collapsing sinkhole
23 February unspecified Warren County cave Kentucky no consequence meth lab discovered in cave
22 March Wabasha Street Caves Minnesota no consequence explosives found in tunnel
15 April Sotano de La Garza Puebla, Mexico fatality intoxicated man fell into pit beside trail
26 April cave near Decatur Alabama no consequence lost in woods hiking back from cave
27 April unnamed sea cave on Hwy 1, San Mateo County California no consequence car washed into sea cave after accident
27 April Wabasha Street Caves Minnesota three fatalities asphyxiated by campfire built in tunnel
13 May sea cave at Panther Beach California aid, no injury stranded in sea cave by rising tide
21 June unspecified cave on Lewis Peak Utah aid, no injury stranded at cave entrance on cliff
28 June McFails Cave New York no consequence dog stranded in cave
3 July Climax Cave Georgia injury, no aid stung by wasps at cave entrance
11 July Sotano del Xoconostle SLP, Mexico fatality intoxicated man fell into pit beside trail
4 August unspecified lava tube, Kiholo Bay Hawaii fatality drowned while free diving in lava tube
23 August Matacanes Canyon Nuevo Leon, Mexico injury and aid fall, broken ankle on canyoneering/caving trip
31 October unnamed cave near Jochib Chiapas, Mexico two fatalities children reported missing in cave
14 December unnamed cave near Scottsville Kentucky no consequence dog stranded in cave

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