Knox County team assists in Georgia cave rescue

Knox County team assists in Georgia cave rescue

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Seven members of the Rescue Squad's Cave and Vertical Team were dispatched to help Georgia officials. (source: WTVC, Chattanooga) Seven members of the Rescue Squad's Cave and Vertical Team were dispatched to help Georgia officials. (source: WTVC, Chattanooga)

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WATE) - Members of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad assisted in a cave rescue Monday in North Georgia.

A caver that had fallen into one of the two deep pits that make up Ellison's Cave was extricated around noon.

WTVC reports the 54-year-old man was flown by Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

He is currently listed as being in critical but stable condition.

Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn says the caver fell roughly 40 feet inside the cave.

The rescued man was with a small group from Pittsburgh exploring Ellison's Cave when the man fell around 4 p.m. Sunday.

It took one of the cavers over two hours to reach the surface and call for help.

Seven members of the Rescue Squad's Cave and Vertical Team were dispatched to the area at 6 a.m. on Monday. Several other area crews also responded.

Knoxville officials report cave rescues are extremely complex in nature and require highly trained technicians in order to maintain safety for both the rescues and the patient.

Officials initially reported it could take up to 24 hours to complete the rescue mission.

Ellison's Cave is the 12th deepest cave in the United States.

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