Two Florida Students Killed in Georgia Caves

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LaFAYETTE, Ga. (AP) -- Two students from the University of Florida have died after rappelling into a cave in northwest Georgia.

Walker County Coroner Dewayne Wilson said two men entered Ellison's Cave on Saturday in the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area near LaFayette.

One man called up for help after jumping down a drop. Wilson said a second man then went down. Their friends above did not hear any noise afterward, so they went for help.

Wilson said there was water in the cave and it appears the victims died of hypothermia. Autopsies were planned to determine the exact cause of death.

The coroner said other people have been injured in the 600-foot-deep cave before.


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  • by my .02 Location: fl on Feb 14, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    @ grannie. You are right, someone shuld sue these idiots for going caving without knowing what they are doing. And now the public has to pay for rescue,autopsey, etc. Yes sue them for stupidity and yourself for being just as dumb
  • by Beth Location: Tally on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    I am from this area and many of these caves are really sink holes or blue holes. Most have entrances on private property or out in the middle of State or Federal forest....With all the rain and snow they may have had much more water than usual. Sorry for the families. I better question would be how did they find these caves? Most have no signs and you would have to tresspass to reach them.
  • by Anonymous Location: georgia on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    Don't you think the coroner could read about people getting hurt in the caves. Or by word of mouth, he does live in the same county as the caves are located in his county.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    How does the coroner know other people have been injured in the cave. I could see how he would know that others died in the cave.
  • by grannie Location: ga on Feb 14, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    WHO OWNS NTHESE CAVES ANYWAY, THERE SHOULD BE SIGNSPUT UP THERE, I WOULD SUE SOMEONE, BUT THEY WOULD GO DOWN THERE ANYWAY.PPLE JUST DON;T HAVE COMMOND SENSE!!!!!!!
  • by yep Location: tally on Feb 14, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Signs? How about not jumping into a cave that you don't know anything about?
  • by kathy Location: Crawfordville on Feb 14, 2011 at 02:57 AM
    Put up signs telling people that there is water down there. Duh!
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