0000002382 00000 n 0000390170 00000 n , In 2006, an effort was put forth to study and severely limit the number of visitors allowed inside the cave. Different parts of the cave are named accordingly – The Birth Canal, The Aorta Crawl, The Scout Eater, The Maze. 0000344174 00000 n Ed’s Push has four uncharted passageways at its end, but they are all too small for a human (if he instead pushed into the Scout Eater, it similarly has a small passageway that doesn’t lead anywhere). In any case, John kept pushing through until he couldn’t continue. impact with a metal carabineer and couldn’t continue his rescue efforts, he had 0 Everything went smooth for an hour or so. On May 18, 2009 the cave was reopened to the public.. He was almost out. 0000292412 00000 n 0000382432 00000 n Cave to the public permanently. This was horrible man. 0000353569 00000 n trailer quickly called for help while their friend stayed with John. The rescue team quickly brainstormed a plan after a plan. Caving is interesting to me, but I choose to live vicariously through those who have the now-how and the guts to do so. will forever remain the final resting place for John Edwards Jones. they arrived at the cave site. since John had been trapped deep inside the cave. After finally wriggling himself A class of pre-schoolers could have faked their experience and qualifications to gain a permit to access the cave. My legs are killing me.”. The position of John’s body also complicated things. 0000765926 00000 n This size is comparable to the opening of a front-loading washing machine, except it wasn’t a perfect circle and he was stuck in the tightest part of the opening. up. forward, but the narrow passage did not come to an end; instead, the squeeze Anxious of how much the rock had swallowed John, Josh tried to pull wiggling out of the tight passage and rushing to the surface. 0000344088 00000 n 0000390471 00000 n Josh, and two of their friends decided to take up a challenge they had heard Now, Ed’s Push does not lead to a larger room. Everything happened within hours. The closest rescuer felt something hard hit his face, and he passed out for a second. I guess your comment means that you have actually seen John Jones in the cave? 0000250423 00000 n 11 years on and those who were charged with the safety of Nutty Putty cavers are still content to accept no responsibility for the needless death of John and they maintain their blame the victim stance. People need to stop takinh unnecessary risks. It all went wrong 50 feet earlier. 0000007519 00000 n Nutty Putty Cave, named for its soft brown clay, was discovered in 1960. On May 24, 2006, a gate was installed, and the cave was temporarily closed. 0000621311 00000 n volunteer. 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". Josh wasn’t his only brother: John Edwards Jones was born As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It has been sealed ever since. 0000007493 00000 n Once outside, he 0000663093 00000 n free, he drilled a new hole for the pulley and crawled out of the cave, rope around John’s waist but got stuck himself. 0000391762 00000 n installing their pully system and started pulling John out. Thanks for your reply. That said, these are my thoughts and you could be right. Imagine being in a dark,narrow cave upside down. 0000382600 00000 n The entire team fell backward as the rope suddenly went loose in their hands. Hi Chris: I admire people like you who aren’t afraid to venture into places like the Nutty Putty Cave. years old. exhausted, to be replaced by yet another rescuer who reached John but couldn’t And when you’re almost saved you fall even deeper,making you give up. But each time they pulled, they managed to pull John up a rescue volunteer who immediately dropped everything she was doing when she 0000363251 00000 n Wow. but were of little use as gravity pushed him down. One of At midnight, November 25, John was pronounced dead. about – namely passing through the Birth Canal, a narrow and challenging Everything changed when the rescuers finally finished Desperate, he tried to lower himself into the crevice to put the 0000330064 00000 n Nutty Putty Cave is a hydrothermal cave, with a total surveyed length and depth of 1355 and 145 feet, respectively. “We do not have another cave like Nutty Putty Cave,” Leavitt said. 0000640070 00000 n This article describes the Nutty Putty Cave accident in which a 26-year-old caver named John Jones tragically lost his life in 2009. 0000006311 00000 n 0000390876 00000 n John had now been trapped upside down for 19 hours. I’m sure the rescuers brainstormed all the available options and it was just bad circumstances and the failure of the initial pulley system that dropped him further down in the passage and lead him to his death. Meanwhile, John was doing worse – he had now been stuck They weren’t alone: 9 more friends and made frequent pauses. On November 24, 2009, the brothers John and Josh decided to John was at times in great pain, so they 0000809492 00000 n %PDF-1.6 %���� John was a devout Christian, and according to his family statement 0000388646 00000 n There was zero effective oversight. They were both agitated but comforted 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. It was 8 p.m. on Wednesday, just a few days before Thanksgiving when His brother Josh who was following him was the first one to commitment to his family as an amazing husband, father, son and brother.”. a smile on his face. Your information source for everything related to caving. Required fields are marked *. 0000007546 00000 n conquest. each other. 0000382223 00000 n 0000002928 00000 n “Hi, John, my name is Susie. He continued to inch At the time of the accident, John was studying to become a pediatric cardiologist, had recently become a father, and his wife was pregnant with their second child. underneath him, and the other forced backward. 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. children, a love of and unwavering faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and his %%EOF 0000518800 00000 n 0000390220 00000 n 0000390617 00000 n Everything was made more difficult by how narrow the cave was. 0000000016 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." I don’t have enough expertise or knowledge about the situation to say what could have been done differently, unfortunately. forward for some time but did not see any larger area. 0000501936 00000 n startxref had to work twice as hard against gravity to push the continuous blood flow out 4 80 It’s worse knowing his death was one of depraved indifference manslaughter. took him and his younger brother Josh on caving trips all over Utah.
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