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Man rescued after being trapped in cave near Clear Spring

January 24, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Firefighters and emergency personnel gather at a cave entrance on Cresspond Road Tuesday night while working to free a man who became trapped about 200 feet inside it.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — A man trapped about 200 feet into a cave off Cresspond Road north of Clear Spring was rescued Tuesday night after an almost four-hour ordeal, emergency officials said.

The man, who has not yet been identified, became trapped when he slid down an area in the cave, causing one of his legs to become wedged in some rocks.

Advanced technical rescue units from Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties worked their way back to the man to rescue him after receiving the first call at 5:42 p.m.

Rescue crews were able to finally free the man, who was uninjured. He was brought out of the cave at about 10:15 p.m.

The man was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a precaution, according to Fire Chief Oley Griffith of The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro.

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The man was still about 50 feet from the cave’s entrance at about 9:30 p.m., as rescuers were bringing him out, said Mike Reid, chief of Clear Spring Vol. Fire Co.

“This thing’s getting prolonged,” Reid said.

The incident was reported at 5:42 p.m. Rescue officials were keeping one of the people in the man’s caving party next to him so he didn’t become distressed, Reid said.

“(It was) pretty much crawling to get to him,” Reid said.

The people who were caving with the man sent cellphone pictures of him to rescue crews so they could get an idea of how he was situated, Reid said.

An air line was extended back to the scene, which allowed rescue crews to use an air chisel to help remove some of the debris from around the man’s leg, Reid said.

The cave, known as Schtrumph’s Cave, is believed to be about 300 feet long, Reid said.

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