Firefighters Assist Explorer Stranded in Kentucky Cave

Big Betha Cave, Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Earlier this week a 22-year-old explorer was helped out of a Kentucky cave after he became stranded, unable to get out on his own.

At around 2:00 pm on Monday, two friends ventured into a cave in Bowling Green to shoot a video.

As is typical of caves in Bowling Green, this one, known as Big Bertha, was cold and had water in it. Despite that, the two friends opted to cross the strong flowing water, which stretched about 30 meters (100 feet) at the entrance.

Upon reaching the other side, the man determined that he was too tired and cold and didn’t think he could make it back across.

His friend swam back across the water and alerted authorities.

Bowling Green Fire Department firefighters responded quickly as they were doing technical rescue training only a short distance away.

We were doing a rescue drill. That’s the reason we train here is because of this type of rescue effort. Donnie Frye, Bowling Green Fire Department Assistant Chief

With assistance from the Warren County Rescue Department, the man was brought out of the cave just after 3:00 pm and taken to hospital.

Update: A comment by Clinton made us aware that Big Bertha is one of the caves that makes up the Lost River system, a multi-mile cave system below Bowling Green.

Firefighters rescue man from cave []

Bookmark & Share Comment

Comments (2)

  1. Clinton
    May 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Actually the name of the cave is Lost River Cave which is a multi-mile cave in the city of Bowling Green. Big Bertha is the name of the entrance the two boys snuck into.

    • Caving News
      May 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for clearing that up.


Sorry, comments have been closed.