Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a cave-related death that occurred on private property outside of Corydon late this evening. Names of the involved parties are being withheld pending notification of the victim’s family members.
Shortly before 6:00 p.m., Harrison County Dispatch received a 911 call of a male unresponsive in a cave, located off Steam Engine Road. A group of experienced cavers were exploring Blowing Hole Cave, a portion of Binkley’s Cave system, when a member of their group went unresponsive.
Despite CPR efforts by fellow cavers, attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful. Indiana Conservation Officers Cave Rescue team members are currently coordinating a recovery effort. Conditions in the cave are treacherous, including chest deep water, strenuous crawls and tight crevices. National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC) trained personnel, Indiana Speological Society, (ISS), and other volunteer cavers and grotto members are participating in the recovery effort.
The victim has been identified as Timothy McLain (49) of Brownsburg, IN. An autopsy has been scheduled, and an official cause of death will be determined at that time.