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Emergency response ‘teamwork’ leads to the rescue of a man from a Centre County cave

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Members of Nittany Grotto Caving Club Paul Winter and Jay Broderick talk about why they enjoy caving and their disappointment for the future with Penn State announcing they will not recognize the club due to a risk assessment.
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Members of Nittany Grotto Caving Club Paul Winter and Jay Broderick talk about why they enjoy caving and their disappointment for the future with Penn State announcing they will not recognize the club due to a risk assessment.

Thanks to a large emergency response effort, a man was rescued from a Centre County cave on Friday.

At 1:12 p.m., emergency crews were dispatched to assist Pleasant Gap Fire Company at the “J4” cave off of state Route 26 in Pleasant Gap. A college-aged man had reportedly gone into the cave 18 hours earlier, and had not been seen or heard from since.

Members of Nittany Grotto Caving Club Paul Winter and Jay Broderick talk about why they enjoy caving and their disappointment for the future with Penn State announcing they will not recognize the club due to a risk assessment.

Located on Graymont property, the large cave was closed to the public in 2004, but remains a popular site for local spelunkers.

To reach the small entrance to the cave, rescuers had to scale the rock wall, according to Alpha Fire Company. Once in the cave, the teams were split into four teams of two, three teams to search, and one team to lay down a hard-wired communication line.

After about 90 minutes of searching, the man was located and extricated. According to Alpha, he was uninjured, evaluated on scene by EMS and left with his friends.

Also assisting in the search-and-rescue operation were the Nittany Grotto Caving Club, Centre County Emergency Management, Spring Township police, Allison Photo and Aerial Imaging and the National Cave Rescue Commission.

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“Thank you to all involved for the awesome teamwork and positive outcome,” Pleasant Gap Fire Co. said in a Facebook post.

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