Boy rescued from Barry County cave

Friday, April 21, 2006

Teen fell during school trip to Rock House Cave

By Lindsay Reed

A 13-year-old boy from Springfield fell in the Rock House Cave near the Mineral Springs community on April 18.

"A Springfield school came out to see the cave," said Leonard Collins, Barry County Sheriff's Department detective. "One of the boys fell and they couldn't get him out so they called for help."

Around seven teenagers, two teachers and a nurse were inside the cave when the boy fell.

After the fall, when the group decided that they should not try to move the boy out of the cave, one of the chaperones used a cellular telephone to call 911 and was connected to the Barry County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department and other local emergency response departments were on scene around noon Tuesday, said Collins.

"They have him on a back board and they are trying to move him out, but they are only able to move him a few feet at a time," said Collins. "The cave is very narrow. They've gotten him out of the hole but are having a hard time getting him to the mouth of the cave.

"The way we understand it the cave is around 25 to 30 feet deep and goes down a ledge at a time," said Collins.

Although most of the group left the scene of the accident to return to Springfield, the teacher and the nurse remained with the boy throughout the afternoon, said Collins.

According to the Barry County Sheriff's Department, emergency response team members rescued the boy from the cave at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday evening. His injuries were unknown at press time.

The incident attracted media attention from Springfield television stations who travelled to the cave to cover the rescue.

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