Dave, Tracy and Scott participate in successful cave rescue in Alabama
It's 3AM Eastern, and Dave, Tracy and Scott (Tracy's brother) just got back to Atlanta from participating as rescuers in a successful cave rescue in a cave in Alabama. This was Dave and Tracy's first real rescue, and we were extremely well prepared by our CCRN (Colorado Cave Rescue Network) training. Thanks, CCRN! The Huntsville, Atlanta and other rescue teams did a great job. Dave, Tracy and Scott were with the patient from first contact all the way to the ambulance, and we are glad that the patient was doing well when they arrived at the ambulance.
We look forward to bringing CaveSim to many future cave rescue training events. If you've donated to us, thank you! If you have yet to donate, here's one more reason to give.
Update (4/28/2012): According to the patient, they have a torn and strained quad with edema, but they are recovering.
Below is a picture of Dave's boot after the rescue. Note that the boot has no sole, and that the leather bootie is open, leaving only the GoreTex liner. Dave lost the soles off of both his boots during the rescue due to dry rot. Why did I use such bad boots? I was using borrowed boots that had never been in caves outside of the TAG area so that I could help prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome. Yes, we can decontaminate our gear, but Tracy and I choose to take the extra step of using completely separate gear when we cave in TAG. Of course, we still decontaminate our gear. Here's a tip: Walking barefoot or in FiveFinger shoes is fine, but don't try to do a cave rescue in GoreTex booties. The tendons behind your knees will take at least a week to recover. Just in case you were considering this as an option.
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