High school student rescued after getting stuck in cave

Rescue crew works to free student stuck in cave. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - Authorities rescued a Lee High School student late Thursday night who had been trapped in a North Side cave for more than 10 hours.

"The first thing that she told her mom when she got out was, 'I didn't want to die in there,'" said Charles Hood, San Antonio Fire Chief.

The 18-year-old was on a guided school field trip Thursday afternoon when she got stuck in "Robber Baron Cave," a privately owned preserve on the North Side near New Braunfels and Nacogdoches.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 2:40 pm Thursday. By nightfall about 70 first responders were on scene to assist with the rescue.

The entrance to the cave is about 40 feet below most of the surrounding area at the bottom of the sinkhole. The teen became wedged in a narrow passageway about 350 feet away from the entrance in an area called "Hole in the Floor."

The cave is a maze of naturally-made tunnels, carved out by water over centuries.

As the rescue continued, officials faced a roadblock when she slipped farther into the passageway. Hood said it could have been a life or death situation.

"Citizens should be very proud of the firefighters today," Hood said. "We are happy with the outcome. It's a good feeling."

Other students were with her, but were not trapped or injured. Authorities notified her parents and gave her medication to relax, as they continued to chip away at part of the rock around her.

"She's a trooper," Hood said.

The student will be taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center to monitor her condition.

Click here for a map of the cave.

Robber Baron Cave is one of the most significant of the 500+ caves in Bexar County. It is the longest known cave in the county with about one mile of mapped passages. CLICK HERE to see inside the cave on a guided tour by our Randy Beamer...

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