Trapped in UK Sea Cave, Swimmer Dies
Rescuers fail to reach her through tiny 'blowhole'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2013 8:36 AM CST
The Tilly Whim Caves, where the woman was trapped.   (WikiMedia Commons/Huligan0)

(Newser) – A woman was swimming off the south coast of England when she got trapped in a sea cave; amid "horrendous" weather conditions, the 30-year-old died before rescuers could reach her, the BBC reports. She and her brother, 31, had apparently been "coasteering"—climbing on rocks, then jumping into the water, the Telegraph reports. A bystander saw the brother struggling in the water, prompting rescuers' arrival; the brother, who was rescued via coast guard helicopter, told the team his sister was trapped.

"The rescue was considered to be at the very edge of our technical capability," said a coast guard rep. There were two ways into the cave: "underwater, or though a narrow blow hole at the top." Rescuers apparently managed to talk to the woman for two hours: "She seemed to be out of the water, but there was no way we could reach her," said a team member. High tide on its way, an officer finally entered the blow hole. "The water was charging in through the cave, practically filling it up, and then shooting up the hole, pushing the officer back up," said a spokeswoman. That's when rescuers realized the woman had died; recovering her body until the weather abated was determined to be "too dangerous."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 4, 2013 10:58 PM CST
I've been reading about hidden caverns and caves not too far from where I live and my parents or grandparents never mentioned it. The more I find, them more I understand why. Al lot of people have died in the caves. They basically died from lack of planning and equipment. To go into Dead Man's Cave or Bitter End Cave or Wild Woman Cave you need climbing gear, maps made by previous explorers, adequate illumination, survival gear, scuba gear, a nice long cord to mark your escape, and a half dozen people as a support team.
Nov 4, 2013 1:25 PM CST
Nov 4, 2013 9:59 AM CST
I am sure our Coast Guards would not give up that easy and would pull her out to safety. We have the best technology for rescue missions.