Sad story about a man who died in a caving accident. Read on, and take care when exploring caves…
FORT GIBSON, Okla. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a 31-year-old missing hiker in a 10-foot-deep pool of water in a cave near Fort Gibson.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says the body of Joseph Rolands was found about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 12 hours after the search began for Rolands. Chennault says Rolands had drowned.
Rolands’ family says he had experience exploring caves but had always returned from previous trips within 24 hours.
One of the men who helped search the cave, Jeremey Roberts of Oklahoma Task Force One, says the cave was about 100 acres in size with pillars about 50 feet wide located about every 100 feet or so.
He says that when a person is in the cave “even just 100 feet” there’s no point of light to give a person a point of relevance.