American Caving Accidents

1999 Accident and Incident Reports on File
47 reports on file

Last update: February 18, 2007

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The current file of reports for 1999 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.

 1999 Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
January 17 Pettijohns Cave Georgia injury, no aid caver fall
January 23 Diggins Pit Alabama aid, no injury stranded on rope
January 23 Hurricane Ridge Cave West Virginia aid, no injury flood entrapment
February 4 unspecified cave, Green Mountain Alabama aid, no injury stranded, inadequate equipment
February 7 Paradise Cave Colorado injury, no aid caver fall, cable ladder
February 13 Organ Cave West Virginia aid, no injury lost
February 14 Jennings Cave Florida injury and aid caver fall
February 15 Lava Rise E-3 Cave Hawaii injury, no aid caver fall
March 10 Ellisons Cave Georgia fatality stranded on rope, hypothermia
April 6 Hermit Cave Oklahoma fatality stuck, exhaustion, suffocation
April 16 Pettijohns Cave Georgia aid, no injury stranded, inadequate equipment
April 21 New River Cave Virginia aid, no injury lost, stranded
April 25 unspecified cave near Smyrna Tennessee injury and aid caver fall
May 5 Cueva Chorreadero Mexico aid, no injury flood entrapment
May 15 Alleghany Blowhole Virginia injury, no aid caver fall
May 21 Sinking Cove Cave Tennessee aid, no injury lost, stranded
May 29 Crumbly Cave Tennessee injury and aid caver fall
May 30 Angeles Cave, Rio Camuy Puerto Rico fatality drowning, flood entrapment
June 5 King Blair Cave Indiana aid, no injury stranded, inadequate equipment
June 12 The Kids Cave Alabama no consequence rockfall
June 16 Perseverance Cave Vermont injury, no aid struck by crowbar while digging
June Bears Plunge Alaska aid, no injury difficulty on rope
July 4 Bowden Cave West Virginia injury and aid caver fall, inadequate equipment
July 24 Knox Cave New York aid, no injury stuck, stranded
July 28 Nutty Putty Cave Utah aid, no injury stuck, stranded
July 31 Bowden Cave West Virginia aid, no injury stranded, inadequate equipment
August 14 B&G Sinkhole Utah aid, no injury stranded on rope
August 22 Sotano del Aire Mexico fatality rockfall
August 28 Scott Hollow Cave West Virginia injury, no aid caver fall
Summer Dead Man's Cave Texas aid, no injury near-drowning
September 11 Ellisons Cave Georgia aid, no injury stranded in pit
September 19 Knox Cave New York no consequence stuck
September 19 unnamed pit, Lawrence County Indiana injury and aid caver fall, intoxication
September 26 Tongue River Cave Wyoming injury and aid caver fall
October 25 unspecified cave near Eagle Rock Missouri injury and aid caver fall, climbing hand-over-hand
October 30 Guffey Cave Alabama injury and aid rockfall
October 31 Devils Pocket Cave Alabama no consequence rockfall, caver fall
November 6 Tongue River Cave Wyoming injury and aid caver fall
November 7 unspecified Monroe County cave Illinois injury, no aid caver fall
November 11 J-4 Cave Pennsylvania injury and aid caver fall
November 13 Clarksville Cave New York aid, no injury stuck, inexperience
November 20 Cave Mountain Cave West Virginia injury and aid caver fall
December 4 Luminary Pit Tennessee aid, no injury stranded in pit
December 11 Fern Cave Alabama injury, no aid caver fall
December 12 Marshall Cave Virginia injury and aid caver fall (?)
December 23 Sistema Tepepa Mexico injury and aid caver fall
December 27 Boy Scout Cave Florida injury and aid stranded, hypothermia

 

Cave Diving Accidents and Incidents

1999 Diving Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
February 10 Wakulla Springs Florida injury and aid oxygen toxicity seizure, near- drowning
February 15 Wakulla Springs Florida fatality hypoxia, drowning
April 18 Jackson Blue Spring Florida fatality siltation, out of air, drowning
April 26 Diepolder Springs Florida fatality oxygen toxicity seizure, drowning
June 24 Thunderhole Florida aid, no injury lost, stranded
October 17 Madison Blue Spring Florida two fatalities lost guideline, out of air
November 20 Forty Fathom Grotto Florida fatality, injury and aid unknown problem at depth, drowning, decompression sickness

 

Caving-Related   Incidents

1999 Outside Incidents

Date Cave Location Result Incident Type
June 23 Lost Creek Cave Tennessee no consequence murder victim left in cave
August 10 unspecified cave Ohio no consequence missing man found hiding in cave

Copyright © 1999, 2005 National Speleological Society
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Do not reproduce in any form, electronic or otherwise, without permission.