published Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Man rescued from Pettyjohn's Cave in Walker County

A man who was lost and unable to climb out of Pettyjohn's Cave in Walker County earlier this morning was successfully rescued, Fire Chief Randy Camp said.

Three locals had gone into the cave around 6 p.m. yesterday. Upon reaching a wall of about seven or eight feet that they needed to climb, Camp said one of the men was too exhausted to make the climb. Another member of the group climbed out and left the cave to call 911, at approximately 1:05 a.m.

Camp said the rescue took about four and a half hours to complete, but that once the man was pulled over the wall, he was able to walk the rest of the way out of the cave. No injuries were sustained.

Rescue crews respond to about five rescue calls at Pettyjohn's Cave every year, Camp said.

about Hannah Smith...

Hannah Smith is a staff reporter for the Times Free Press. She previously worked as a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star and as a Middle East news reporter at the Global Post in Boston. She has also spent time in broadcast, interning at Channel 13 WTHR in Indianapolis, and radio, as a reporter for American Student Radio. Hannah graduated with honors from Indiana University in May with degrees in journalism and Arabic. There she ...

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