BYU student is rescued after he's stuck in cave
Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004 10:16 p.m. MDT
A BYU student trapped in a cave for nearly eight hours was rescued by Utah County Search and Rescue crews early Saturday morning.
David Crowther, 23, from West Virginia, was stuck in a narrow passage of Nutty Putty cave on Lake Mountain between Utah Lake and Cedar Valley, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
Crowther and two friends entered the cave about 10:30 p.m. Friday. They were in the cave for about two hours when Crowther became stuck, Cannon said.
One of the friends exited the cave and called rescuers about 1:15 a.m. Crews had to break a small amount of rock off using a portable air chisel before they were finally able to break Crowther free and bring him to the surface just before 8:30 a.m., Cannon said.
Crowther did not suffer any serious injuries and was not transported to the hospital.
It's the second time in two weeks that rescue crews have been called to the cave.
A 16-year-old Orem boy required hospitalization after being wedged 10 hours upside down in the cave's narrow vertical passage entrance last month.
Rescuers said they pull people from the popular cave several times a year.