Alabama Cave Explorer Rescued After Flashlight Batteries Died

A young man was rescued on Monday evening after he became lost in Hughes Cave in Alabama’s Morgan County.

Three people were exploring the cave when the battery in 18-year-old Joseph Hockett’s light ran out, leaving him lost in the darkness.

The Morgan County Rescue Squad responded and soon reported being able to hear the man. He was eventually found around 10:00 pm and brought to the surface.

According to the latest Dogwood City Grotto TAG Closed Cave and Cave Access List from May 2013, the 3.3 kilometer (2 mile) long Hughes Cave is a habitat for endangered species and is closed for visitation.

No word if the explorers will be facing any penalties.

Man Rescued from Cave in Morgan County []

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  1. David
    June 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Curious to hear how the rescue squad knew to look for him. Did his other friends find their way out and go for help? Did his family call for help when he didn’t return home by the expected time?

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  3. June 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Great example on why we need to be teaching kids about safe and ethical caving.


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