American Caving Accidents

1994 Accident and Incident Reports on File
77 reports on file

Last Update: February 18, 2007

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The current file of reports for 1994 includes the incidents listed below. These reports were published in the 1994-95 issue of American Caving Accidents in December 1997.   If you have information about an incident which is not listed here, please contact the ACA Editor or use the online accident report form to report it.

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

1994 Reported Caving Incidents

January 94 Mammoth Cave KY rockfall
5 February Caballo Cave NM rockfall, fatality
5 February Nutty Putty Cave UT caver fall
6 February Fisher Ridge Cave KY equipment failure, hypothermia
14 February Sloans Valley Cave KY lost
February Aire Fresco Cave Mexico difficulty in swim
February El Chorreadero Mexico caver fall
5 March Hush Hush Cave UT bomb scare, stuck on rope
12 March Sinnett-Thorn Cave WV lost
22 March Los Juanitos Mexico bad air
26 March Pine Hill Cave KY caver fall
March Bowden Cave WV lost
March Sotano de San Augustin Mexico equipment failure, caver fall
March Sotano de San Augustin Mexico chopped rope
March Sotano de San Augustin Mexico rack rigged backwards
17 April Picnic Cave AR rockfall
April Lechuguilla Cave NM caver fall
Spring Valhalla AL glove caught in rappel rack
1 May Fulford Cave CO caver fall, no helmet
5 May Norman Cave WV caver fall
5 May Sotano de San Augustin MX insulin imbalance
7 May Lone Bat Cave AL stranded, no backup light
21 May Crystal Ice Cave ID stranded in pit, inexperience
21 May Paradise Lost Cave IN caver fall, inadequate equipment
22 May. Formation Pit AL stranded in pit, no equipment
23 May Pinnacles Cave NV caver fall, hypothermia
27 May Puckett Cave AL rockfall
28 May Buffalo Creek Cave KY equipment failure, acetylene hazard
28 May Devils Dungeon AL stranded in pit, no ascenders
12 June Laurel Caverns PA caver fall
15 June Pozo del la Escalera Cristal MX rockfall
15 June Sloans Valley Cave KY lightning
17 June Cueva del Brinco MX flood entrapment
June Emerald Sink Cave TX histoplasmosis
June Unknown cave in Stone County AR hand injury
5 July Lechuguilla Cave NM histoplasmosis, exhaustion
6 July Beaver Falls Cave AK rockfall
9 July Junkyard Cave TN caver fall
13 July Snowhole AK stuck
16 July Great Expectations Cave TN rockfall
21 July Blowing In The Wind Cave AK rockfall
5 August Keauhou sea cave HI washed out to sea from sea cave
6 August J-4 Cave PA caver fall
6 August Three Fingers Cave NM rockfall
9 August Endless Cave IN stranded, inadequate equipment
13 August Barrack-Zourie Cave NY exhaustion
13 August Doghill-Donnahue Cave IN caver fall
17 August Oregon Caves National Monument OR caver fall
20 August Stolen Well AL lost, stranded
27 August Bakers Hole IH stranded on rope
27 August Fern Cave AL stranded in pit, exhaustion
4 September Cass Cave WV stuck on rope, inexperience
4 September Raccoon Mountain Caverns TN caver fall
10 September Bowden Cave WV caver fall
11 September New Trout Cave WV lost, stranded, light failure
18 September Sloans Valley Cave KY lost
25 September Sloans Valley Cave KY equipment failure, caver fall
8 October Pettijohns Cave GA caver fall
15 October Doghill-Donnahue Cave IN lost
15 October Greenville Saltpeter Cave WV lost, stranded, light failure
15 October Hughes Cave AL lost
15 October Turkey Cave VA bad air
19 October Fisher Ridge Cave System KY acetylene explosion
19 October Lechuguilla Cave NM rockfall
21 October Lechuguilla Cave NM stuck
29 October unspecified cave at Optimist Boys Club Camp IN stranded, light failure
30 October Weybridge Cave VT caver fall, out of control rappel
19 November Millers Cave KY lost, inadequate equipment
19 November Ganter Cave KY trapped, lost key
26 November Onyx Cave AZ caver fall
5 December Lawrence Welk Cave CA lost
11 December Manitou Cave CO rockfall
12 December Reeves Cave IN lost, light failure, inadequate equipment
17 December Cass Cave WV dropped pack, acetylene hazard
21 December Safford Shafts AZ explosion, entrapment
26 December Spanish Moss Cave UT stranded on rope, exhaustion
December unnamed cave in the Berkshires MA rockfall

 

1994 Caving-Related Outside Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
1 April unnamed sinkhole Maryland fatality drove car into sinkhole
July Desoto Falls State Park Alabama aid, no injury difficulty on rope, hair caught in rack

 

1994 Cave Diving Accident and Incident Reports on File

Date Cave Location Synopsis
February unnamed island sea cave Bahamas lost, stranded while snorkeling in cave
27 March Sotano de San Augustin Mexico fatality, lost consciousness during solo dive
6 April Zacaton Mexico fatality, lost consciousness during deep dive
April Abaco Blue Hole Bahamas three fatalities, out of air
May Convict Springs Florida two fatalities, out of air
May Zoo Hole Bahamas two fatalities, out of air, inadequate equipment
17 July Bakerton limestone mine West Virginia fatality, equipment problem, rapid ascent

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