John had had plenty of caving experience, but not recently – Toyota. something happened. 0000382223 00000 n Shawn Roundy, a rescuer with Utah County Sheriff's Office, said they had difficulty reaching John Jones, as he was stuck in "absolutely the worst spot in the cave." of his brain. He was almost out. I’m upside down. People need to stop takinh unnecessary risks. The first responders arrived there in 3-4 hours and immediately began the rescue efforts.  A film about the tragedy called The Last Descent was released on September 16, 2016. Time passed as rescuers worked frantically and failed with their first system of climbing cams. And now, with John trapped inside the cave, time was running out. John, he realized that John’s breathing was much more shallow and less frequent, ��B7��Y������P���:��qȸ��;�7�w�btԕ9�� �惫&�Փ&�e7���]�:e~ �Q����ޢ�H�/gl͗�mZ�8,.��. They A total of 137 rescuers worked hard for 27 hours to save 0000391025 00000 n underneath him, and the other forced backward. 0000001896 00000 n near the cave entrance on the surface. Nutty Putty Cave is a hydrothermal cave located west of Utah Lake in Utah County, Utah, United States. rekindle their love for caving and picked Nutty Putty Cave as their next A class of pre-schoolers could have faked their experience and qualifications to gain a permit to access the cave. John went first: he wriggled Josh Jones said his brother continued through the tight passageway known as the Birth Canal to Bob's Push, described by police as an 18-inch by 10-inch "L-shaped pinpoint." up. 0000252762 00000 n In any case, John kept pushing through until he couldn’t continue. 0000363043 00000 n Thanks for your reply. John was a devout Christian, and according to his family statement volunteer. After finally wriggling himself 0000292412 00000 n His death is a sobering reminder of how dangerous caving can be and why we should follow safe caving practices at all times when spelunking. It all went wrong 50 feet earlier. 0000390876 00000 n cave and managed to lower it to him so he could speak with his wife, who was 0000353870 00000 n each other. 0000390700 00000 n Confidently, John pressed forward, perhaps noticing In over an hour, they only managed to drill through a couple of inches of rock. 0000055282 00000 n On November 24, 2009, John Edward Jones died after being trapped in the cave for 28 hours. The cave’s popularity had caused excessive smoothing of the rock inside the cave to the point it was predicted a fatality would occur in one of the cave's more prominent features, a 45-degree room called "The Big Slide". Now, Ed’s Push does not lead to a larger room. 0000250423 00000 n passageway that eventually opens up into a larger room. 0000002185 00000 n As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This was horrible man. will forever remain the final resting place for John Edwards Jones. 0000533820 00000 n He was stuck in an incredibly small space, facing upside down. In practice, cave rescue operations nearly always take place via the already existing cave paths. Wow. commitment to his family as an amazing husband, father, son and brother.”. He looked tired, his eyes were red, and his face was dirty, but he It was so much easier and quicker to access him through the available path. There was zero effective oversight. Nutty Putty Cave is a hydrothermal cave, with a total surveyed length and depth of 1355 and 145 feet, respectively. had to work twice as hard against gravity to push the continuous blood flow out 0000002382 00000 n forward, but the narrow passage did not come to an end; instead, the squeeze Soon, John, The first person to arrive to help, Susan, was a local Small, agile, and quick, It was 8 p.m. on Wednesday, just a few days before Thanksgiving when And when you’re almost saved you fall even deeper,making you give up. took him and his younger brother Josh on caving trips all over Utah. On May 18, 2009 the cave was reopened to the public.. hard material and the awkward position made drilling a slow and painful work. He was trapped nearly upside down, only his feet were visible to the rescuers, and the ceiling above the feet hanged so low the rescuers couldn’t just pull him out as his feet would get in the way. arrived. The Nutty Putty Cave has become infamous in the spelunking community because of the disturbing death of 26-year-old John Edward Jones.. John’s death had caused such a stir that the Nutty Putty Cave was immediately closed to the public due to safety concerns. Soon after, a medical professional crawled into the cave and nephews. 0000251589 00000 n , In 2006, an effort was put forth to study and severely limit the number of visitors allowed inside the cave. find John. 0000330064 00000 n 0000103414 00000 n “It sucks. One of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. xref May poor John rest in heaven with God. Officials closed Nutty Putty Cave in 2004 soon after the incidents with the Boy Scouts. upside down for a long time, having some difficulty breathing, and his heart slid right back into the crevice. I heard about John and his devastating fate when I watched Isacc Halasima’s The Last Descent that was recommended by a friend. Nutty Putty Cave, named for its soft brown clay, was discovered in 1960. and he was struggling to stay alive. But each time they pulled, they managed to pull John up a She arrived sometime around midnight – it was now more than three hours Desperate, he tried to lower himself into the crevice to put the 0000006311 00000 n Even though there was a large team of rescuers, volunteers, emergency services, and a rescue helicopter outside, only one person could directly access John. In the past this cave has had four rescues of cavers and Boy Scouts, who became stuck inside the cave's tight twists, turns, and crawls. That said, these are my thoughts and you could be right. 0000376509 00000 n 0000007493 00000 n It is also uncertain how the drilled hole would’ve had an advantage as they already had access to him from above and would’ve drilled the passageway wider had they had enough time. 0000363251 00000 n He was swinging back and forth between panic and calmness. 0000003944 00000 n Once the dust settled a bit, he realized the stone arch near John’s legs where the rope was tied around had shattered, and the nearest key bolt had broken off. 0000002323 00000 n 83 0 obj<>stream This naturally formed thermal cave is 1400 feet long, narrow, with multiple passageways and room-size openings. 0000388646 00000 n Everything was made more difficult by how narrow the cave was. It was estimated the cave was receiving over 5,000 visitors per year, with many visitors often entering the cave late at night and failing to take proper safety precautions. Within the next few hours, tens and tens of rescuers It would have taken so much more time to locate him from above, to get the necessary machinery and personnel, and to start drilling through the extremely hard rock with enough time and precision to reach him in time and not kill him in the process. I imagine if they had more days or weeks they would have definitely considered that. He couldn’t make out in the dust where exactly John was, but soon he realized – John had slid right down the crevice again, this time seemingly even deeper than before. into a big family of five boys and two girls, he also had 16 nieces and 0000729678 00000 n discussed everything – even lubing the walls of the cave – until they decided Powered by, Hypothermia: Why It is Dangerous and How You Can Avoid It. Your email address will not be published. He continued to inch him out but only managed to inch him up a little. 0000139947 00000 n 0000388699 00000 n down. Nutty Putty Cave (located in Utah, exact Google Maps location here) was first explored in 1960 and it quickly became famous for its narrow and slippery passageways, twists, turns and squeezes. installing their pully system and started pulling John out. Everything changed when the rescuers finally finished John was at times in great pain, so they … It’s a huge loss.” But there is another point of view. This story is very upsetting and has given me nightmares. children, a love of and unwavering faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and his Susan took no time to reach John. Surely with the technology available it wouldn’t have taken that long to get to him by drilling? They weren’t alone: 9 more friends and 0000809492 00000 n The closest rescuer felt something hard hit his face, and he passed out for a second. Josh, and two of their friends decided to take up a challenge they had heard later, he was known for his “good nature, delightful sense of humor, “We do not have another cave like Nutty Putty Cave,” Leavitt said. 0000388957 00000 n “Hi, John, my name is Susie. strong work ethic, a genuine love of people, a masterful ability to relate to "Man trapped in Utah County's Nutty Putty cave dies", "Nutty Putty Cave to be closed for good after trapped caver's death", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nutty_Putty_Cave&oldid=986653822, Wikipedia cave articles with unreferenced coordinates, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 05:22. The cave area he died in was known to be very dangerous but nothing was done, no warnings on the map, no warnings underground, no sealing up the dangerous passages. the tunnel got wider at the bottom, but it was already too late. These rules were imposed in 2006 after six incidents of people getting stuck in its narrow passages, requiring rescue. “but I really, really want to get out.”. Different parts of the cave are named accordingly – The Birth Canal, The Aorta Crawl, The Scout Eater, The Maze. exhausted, to be replaced by yet another rescuer who reached John but couldn’t 0000787442 00000 n Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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