Visitor Dies During Cave Tour At Mammoth Cave National Park

A Florida man on one of the cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park died during the tour Wednesday, according to park officials.

William Larry Martin, 67, of Bronson, Florida, was on the 11 a.m. Historic cave tour when he became ill in River Hall, about 1.5 miles into the 2-mile tour, a park release said. 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 AED. In spite of these efforts, Mr. Martin did not survive and was declared dead at 1:18 p.m.