Teenager rescued from cave

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Group from church camp was on organized expedition

By Neal Cardin

Emergency crews from several agencies were called to rescue a teenager in a cave Thursday afternoon on a farm five miles west of Upton.


Hardin County Emergency Management Deputy Director Doug Finlay said a group of 14 teenagers and two adult guides from White Mills Christian Camp were exploring the cave on private property with permission from the landowner. One of the teenagers appeared to have passed out in the cave sometime before 4 p.m. 

Finlay said one guide stayed with the teen while the other adult led the others out and called for help. The cave is off Ky. 224 in a wooded area accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Finlay said personnel from Upton, Elizabethtown and Radcliff fire departments ressponded along with a Hardin County EMS crew and the Technical Rope And Cave Emergency Response team.

The teenager was located several hundred feet inside the cave. A paramedic from Hardin County EMS treated him before crews attempted to remove him from the cave using ropes and a Stokes basket.

The teen was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by EMS.