Man Rescued After Falling Into Idaho Cave

January 2, 2012 / Idaho, United States, North America

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A quick visit to check out a Idaho cave resulted in a call out of search and rescue teams last month, when a man fell as he was climbing out.

Back in mid-December two men decided to check out the cave, known as Smith’s Crack while on their lunch break. Clad in tennis shoes and jackets, one of the men slipped and fell as he was attempting to climb out and landed approximately 7.5 meters (25 feet) below, fracturing his leg.

The other man, who was already out of the cave, alerted rescuers. In addition to paramedics, members of the both the Elmore County Search and Rescue team and the Mountain Home extrication team assisted in the rescue, which lasted two hours.

Once out of the cave, the wounded man was transported by air ambulance to hospital where he was treated for hypothermia in addition to his broken leg.

Located just off the Old Oregon Trail Highway near Tipanuk, Smith’s Crack is popular with both amateur explorers and veteran cavers. As such, rescues are not uncommon, with local rescue teams being called to Smith’s Crack about once a year to pull someone out.

Man rescued after falling into cave [Mountain Home News]

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