Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Engineer returns after caving mishap

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The Warren County engineer was back on the job Monday after receiving minor injuries when he got stuck in a cave near Somerset, Ky., for five hours on Saturday.

        “The biggest fear I had was it getting to the news wire,” said Neil Tunison, 47.

        He was in the Sloans Valley cave in south central Kentucky, about 3 hours from Warren County, with about 20 Boy Scouts and 15 adults when his leg became wedged in a crevice.

        Some of the adults kept Mr. Tunison company while others went for help, he said.

        Rescuers freed him by tying a rope around his leg and using a crowbar to lift it.

        Mr. Tunison was treated at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and released.

        He said Monday his knee is hyperextended and he has some bruises.

        Claustrophobia was never a problem, Mr. Tunison said, but he might try to avoid tight spots in the future.

        “I'm just not nimble enough,” he said.

        The cave draws a lot of visitors, said Paul Coomer, captain of the Somerset Pulaski County Rescue Squad.

        Occasionally — perhaps once or twice a year — someone will get lost or fall in the cave, which is several miles long.

        “It's got a lot of tight places in it,” Capt. Coomer said.


Stadium overruns may pass $45M
How change orders add to construction costs
Stadium milestones
The indelible legacy of a judicious life
Cincinnati Foundation has record year
Winburn to sue city over suit
Police see plenty to laugh at
Hughes out of school redesign
Man gets 8 years for fatal wreck
Man's death investigated
NAACP will award study grants of $100,000
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
Children's, deaf theater collaborate for new play
Boone Co. plan safeguards ecology
City Heights residents fear it will be razed
Coach clashes get to court
CPS OKs expanding vo-ed program
- Engineer returns after caving mishap
Federal aid granted to Butler homeless agencies
Forum to sharpen Anderson identity
Newport west end may see growth
Parents want school voice
Police seeking 2 men in robbery of Key Bank branch in Roselawn
Police survey gets students' assist
Priest shares news about L.A. church
Sheppard trial under way
Students give U.S. history a good rap
Two men charged in egg throwing
Whitewater landfill has public hearing