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Woman is rescued from Panhandle cave

November 18, 1996


Staff Writer, Charles Town

BEDINGTON, W.Va. - A woman spelunker fell about 40 feet inside a cave in the Whiting's Neck area early Sunday morning, according a fire official.

The woman was about 250 feet from the entrance of the cave when she slipped and fell, said Capt. David Brining of the Martinsburg Fire Department, which responded to the call along with other volunteer firefighters.

Firefighters had to crawl through tight passages in the cave to reach the woman, Brining said. Rescue workers then had to use ropes and a body harness to bring her from the cave, Brining said.


The woman, who could not be identified Sunday, only had some scratches, Brining said.

The woman and another spelunker entered the cave late Saturday night. The other spelunker was able to get out of the cave and call for help, Brining said.

The cave, located off Whiting's Neck Road and east of Bedington, has been the scene of several accidents over the years involving cave explorers.

About four months ago, a spelunker was injured after falling in the cave, Brining said.

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