People stranded in Hidden River Cave able to exit without injury


The Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green received a call Thursday at approximately 2:31 p.m. from subjects that were in the Hidden River Cave in Horse Cave.

Nineteen college students from Clemson University along with four tour guides entered the cave at approx. 10 a.m. Around 2 p.m. a severe thunderstorm warning was given and a large amount of rain came that caused the water in the cave to rise. This stranded the cavers in a portion of the cave called the “The Attic”, which has a higher ceiling, where they stood by until the water rose to where they decided to attempt to make their way out of the cave.

At approximately 3 p.m. two Horse Cave Police Department officers entered the cave in an attempt to make contact with the subjects stranded when they met four individuals coming out. Emergency personnel also responded to the scene and assisted.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. all subjects had exited the cave without injury. The tour guide was able to lead them to safety.

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