2 S.L. teenagers rescued after getting stuck in cave
Thursday, July 29, 1999 12:00 a.m. MDT - By Jeff Call Deseret News staff writer
A pair of Salt Lake teens returned home early Thursday morning with no serious injuries after spending at least 12 hours wedged inside a narrow passage of a Utah County cave.
Chris Hale and Chris Marrow, both 17, entered the Nutty Putty Cave, located west of Utah Lake, at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. By 10:30, they found themselves trapped in a section of the cave known as the Birth Canal, about 120 feet underground, with no way to move forward or backward."They got part way in and got stuck," said Utah County Lt. Ron Fernstedt. "They were too big for the area they were trying to crawl through. It is tight. It's an area where you must suck in your stomach to get through."
The youths were with friends who alerted emergency personnel. Crews arrived about 11:30 a.m.
Hale was brought out of the cave at 10:30 p.m. and Marrow, who was stuck ahead of Hale, was freed a couple of hours later, Fernstedt said.
Rescue workers gently tugged the boys' feet and ankles to remove them from the narrow passageway, he added. About 40 people, including 25 from the county's Search and Rescue Team, assisted in the effort.
Hale and Marrow suffered only minor abrasions and returned home with their parents.
"They were in good condition, just hungry and tired," Fernstedt said. "They were in pretty good spirits once they got out."
The youths had been camping in the area Tuesday night before going into the cave the following morning. They had flashlights with them, Fernstedt said.
Nutty Putty, located on a hill west of U-68, about 12 miles northwest of Elberta, is a popular spot among local hikers.