Cave Rescue successful in Kentucky
IRVINE, Ky. (AP) - An Estill County man was in fair condition at
the University of Kentucky Hospital where was being treated for
injuries suffered while exploring a cave on Wednesday.
Phillip Brown of Irvine was inside a small cave when he fell
about 40 feet through a vertical passage and broke his leg, said
Fred Rogers, the local emergency management director who oversaw
Rogers said rescuers worked about eight hours to get Brown out
of the cave, and an additional four to remove all the rescuers who
went in after the man. It was the third cave rescue in Estill
County in the past decade.
"We've been fortunate," Rogers said. "We haven't lost anybody
Rogers said the opening of the cave where Brown was trapped was
12 inches by 16 inches. Rogers said rescuers were called in about 5
p.m. EST Wednesday, and freed Brown about 1 a.m. Thursday.
"It took a whole lot of work and ingenuity to get him out,"
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