John Edward Jones he was a 26-year-old who loved caving (cave exploration) with his family. Therefore, on November 24, 2009, he took advantage of his vacation to explore a deep cave called Nutty Puttylocated southeast of Utah, USA. However, it all ended in tragedy.
John, recently married with a young daughter, was studying medicine in Virginia, but decided to reminisce about his days caving in the caves of Utah. He did it in the company of his brother Josh and nine other friends.
According to Howstuffworks magazine, those caves were famous among Boy Scouts and college students. However, its popularity declined when several people experienced situations of tension and fear by being trapped there.
With 90 kilos of weight and 1.80 cm of height, John deviated from the rest of the people and got into a passage that he believed was the one that many called “birth canal”one of the best known formations of Nutty Putty Cave.
Although the space was very small, John tried to exhale through a space that was only 25 cm wide x 45 cm high and succeeded, but suddenly he realized the serious mistake. “Took a wrong turn and ended up stuck at a 70 degree angle”he detailed.
John was trapped in a virtually uncharted area called “Bob Push”. “His brother was the first to find him. He tried to grab her legs, but she slid him further down. By then, his arms couldn’t move either, ”explained the archaeological magazine Allthatsinteresting.
With no other options, Josh left the scene and the first thing he did was call the authorities. His older brother was trapped 30 meters below the surface, by the time help arrived, three and a half hours had already passed.
Susie Moola He was the first person to arrive in the area where John was and he told The Salt Lake Tribune about the small conversation he had with the young man. “Thanks for coming, but I really want to go out”he pointed.
For the next 24 hours, at least 100 rescuers they worked hard to get him out of the cave alive. The strategy they used was to tie it with a system of pulleys and ropes to move it.
But the operation was unsuccessful when one of the pulleys jumped off its anchor point due to slimy clay on the surface and John returned to his starting position. The 70 degree angle he was in put a strain on his body, especially his vital organs.
John resisted 27 hours trapped until his heart went into cardiac arrest. The 26-year-old was pronounced dead on November 25, 2009 shortly before midnight.
“He will be remembered for his good character, charming sense of humor, strong work ethic, genuine love of people, masterful ability to relate to children, unwavering love and faith,” his family said in a statement. , shortly after the tragic day.
Rescuers were never able to recover John’s body, and it remains inside the cave to this day. The Utah School and Institutions Trust Land Administration explained that removing it would be very complicated and would put a rescuer’s life at risk in the process.
John’s family agreed and as a tribute, his loved ones placed a plaque outside the cave. Also, in his honor a film called “The Last descent”.
The film was released in 2016, and tells the story of John, his rescue process that put all of Utah on edge, and his family life. The actor Chadwick Hopson was in charge of interpreting the young American.
What happened with his family?
Currently, John’s wife, Emily, remarried and had 2 children, one of whom was named John. He lives in Peoria, Illinois. During an interview with the Deseret outlet, the woman referred to her ex-husband as one of the people who marked her the most.
Archaeologists open a chamber sealed 40,000 years ago in a cave
A team of archaeologists from Gibraltar National Museumon the southern coast of Spain, discovered, in September 2021, a large chamber at the rear of the vanguard Cave, in the Complex of gorham caves, World heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
For more than 40,000 years, sand covered this secret chamber in an enclosure that may have functioned as one of the last Neanderthal refuges.
Inside, there was a variety of biological remains including lynxes, hyenas, and griffon vultures, as well as a peculiar species of sea snail known as the great whelk, which would have been carried by a Neanderthal.
Cavers descend into the dreaded ‘Hell Pit’ and find something unimaginable
In September 2021, a team of cavers of Exploration of Caves of Oman (OCET) entrance to the depths of the legendary well of Barhout of Yemen, also known as the ‘hell pit‘. This is the first descent to this natural wonder that, shrouded in mysteries, frightens the locals, who consider it a prison for ‘devils’.
In the desert of the province of al-mahrain the east of the country, a round and dark hole 30 meters wide serves as the entrance to a cave of about 112 meters.
Inside, the Omani team found something unimaginable: snakes, dead animals, and gray and green cave pearls formed from droplets of water, but no sign of supernatural beings or striking odors beyond that of dead birds. That’s how he told it Mohammed al-Kindithe head of the team of eight cavers who embarked on this adventure for “passion”.
Updated by Erick Gamarra.