Two UF Students Perish in Georgia Cave

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lafayette, GA (AP) - Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says
rescue workers believe that two University of Florida students who
died in a north Georgia cave were trapped by their rappelling ropes
in a frigid waterfall.

Wilson says the two, 20-year-old Grant Lockenbach and
18-year-old Michael Pirie, apparently died of hypothermia in
Ellison's Cave. Coroner Dewayne Wilson says autopsy results are
expected Monday afternoon.

David Ashburn, director of Walker County Emergency Management,
says Lockenbach, Pirie and eight other students from Gainesville,
Fla., entered the cave Saturday morning to explore it.

Witnesses told officials that Lockenbach rappelled into a pit to
retrieve a bag but got tangled in his ropes and cold water poured
over him.

They say Pirie went down to help but also got stuck. The bodies
were recovered hours later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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