Man Found Dead Following Mammoth Cave Wild Tour

A Wild Cave Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park.

A Wild Cave Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. Photo by Vickie Carson/NPS

A 42-year old Iowa man who had participated in wild cave tour was found dead in one of the Woodland Cottages at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park on Monday.

WBKO reports that the man, identified as Tigh Joseph Kriegel, was found by Mammoth Cave Hotel workers.

Park staff have confirmed that Kriegel, who checked into the hotel on Friday, April 24th, had participated in the park’s wild cave tour on Sunday.

Mammoth Cave’s website describes its six-hour long wild cave tour as a journey through some of the starkly beautiful yet physically demanding “wild” areas of the cave. Categorized as “extremely strenuous,” participants on the tour climb, crawl, squeeze, hike and canyon walk some 5 miles.

This is not the first time a guest has died during a visit to the park. A man died during a cave tour in 2012.

The Edmonson County Coroner worked with park law enforcement officers on the scene and determined that Kriegel’s death was due to natural causes.

Kriegel’s next of kin have been notified.

[via WBKO]

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