Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar, 19, was on spelunking journey to Sullivan Cave after becoming segregated from Caving Club members
A 19 -year-old man who expended 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave told me that he feelings lucky to be alive.
Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip-up to Sullivan Caveabout 10 miles south of Bloomington when he became separated on Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university’s caving fraternity.
When he reached the cave admission, Cavar find club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He could not get a cellphone signal and hollered for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him.
” It took me a little while to wrangle my emotions and sort of approach things analytically, sensibly, to come up with a gameplan to survive ,” Cavar said on Thursday, two days after his rescue.
The Bloomington man, whose parents are Indiana University linguistics profs, tried picking the padlock with a paper clip- to no avail.
Dressed in light clothes, hiking boots and a helmet, he had a plastic container, two energy saloon wrappers, two empty water bottles, a cellphone and a wallet. He applied the energy bar wrappers to collect moisture and the water bottles to compile rainfall and puddled cave water.
He also licked the cave’s damp walls to quench his thirst. Hunger drove him to consider foraging for cave crickets, although he didn’t feed any of the small insects.
After his mothers filed a missing person report with university police, a high school pal advised the Caving Club’s president that Cavar was missing.
Two club leaders immediately returned to the cave late on Tuesday after receiving a heap of apparel in a vehicle fraternity members used to travel to the cave on Sunday. They discovered Cavar uninjured and asleep behind the locked gate.
“I’m really glad to be alive,” said Cavar, who returned to classes on Thursday and has no plans for another spelunking trip-up.” It is like I’ve been given a second possibility .”
A message posted by the Caving Club’s president on a website for Indiana University student organizations said the club’s” rigorous protocols” for accounting for members during cave outings had failed.
” We had a failing in our leadership to closely follow all these security procedures ,” the message states.