Missing Cavers Found At Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Four cavers, said to be inexperienced, were found wet and cold but uninjured Friday in a cave in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Among the questions waiting for answers is why did the four head out in the middle of the night to enter Rainbow Falls Cave, which is near Cades Cove? The men had left Maryville, Tennessee, at about 10:00 p.m. Thursday night and intended to explore a cave and planned to be out at about 2:00 to 3:00 a.m. but had not returned. Rainbow Cave is entered through several holes at the bottom of the namesake waterfall.
Park officials were alerted Friday morning by one of the men's wife when the four didn't return home.
The four men were found by rangers around 2 p.m. Eastern at the bottom of three 30- to 50-foot drops. They were expected to exit the cave later Friday.