Visitor dies on Mammoth Cave tour

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Date: May 9, 2012
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192

A visitor touring Mammoth Cave passed away in the cave on the afternoon of May 9, 2012.   

William Larry Martin, 67, of Bronson, Florida, was on the 11:00 a.m. Historic cave tour when he became ill in River Hall, about one and one-half miles into the two-mile tour. The tour guides telephoned their supervisor on the surface for assistance at 12:20 p.m. and immediately began CPR. Emergency medical technician rangers and a rescue crew entered the cave at 12:35 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 12:45 p.m. 

In River Hall, rangers administered CPR and applied an automatic external defibrillator (AED). In spite of these efforts, Mr. Martin did not survive and was declared dead at 1:18 p.m.  

Mammoth Cave National Park personnel and Edmonson County EMS personnel assisted in the incident.


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