Buffalo National River (Arkansas) - On the afternoon of April
23rd, rangers were contacted by the Newton County Sheriff’s
Department and advised that they’d received a report of an injured
woman in Copperhead Cave, located near Camp Orr, a Boy Scout
in-holding along the Buffalo River.
Seven rangers, local first
responders, an ambulance, a medevac helicopter, and the Harrison City
Fire Department rescue unit responded. Ranger Lee Brumbaugh rappelled
into the cave and determined that the victim, 27-year old Angela
Anders of Little Rock, Arkansas, had possible back injuries due to
falling approximately 20 feet inside the cave.
A Z-rig raising system
was established and she was hoisted out through the two-foot by
three-foot cave opening. Anders was then taken to Washington Regional
Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where doctors determined
that she had a compressed fracture of a lumbar vertebra. A caving
companion, Heather Hinshel, was transported to North Arkansas
Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas, by ground ambulance.
She was treated for a minor leg injury and released.
[Submitted by Bob Maguire, Chief Ranger]