Trapped spelunker rescued from cave in Speedwell

Wytheville cave rescueBy CALVIN PYNN


SPEEDWELL – Rescue crews freed a woman who was stuck in a Wythe County cave for eight hours Tuesday evening.

A group of spelunkers entered a cave just south of the community of Speedwell on Tuesday morning as part of a training exercise. They were part of a North Carolina summer camp.

One of the cavers found herself wedged in a narrow crevice sometime in the afternoon, Wythe County spokesman Jeremy Farley said. The group unsuccessfully attempted to free her.

The group contacted the Wythe County E-911 Center just after 3:30 p.m. According to Farley, members of the Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department and Wythe County rescue were the first to arrive at the scene.

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