Nutty Putty Cave was noted for its tiny passages. Dale Green, who discovered them in 1960, gave them their current name because of the clay found there. The hydrothermal cave may be located 55 miles from Salt Lake City to the southwest of Utah Lake. John Edward Jones, age 26, was a married student of medicine. On top of that, he wasn’t a beginner in cave exploring; he’d done enough of it previously. He, his brother, and his father used to go on cave expeditions when they were kids. His father started the Utah Cave Rescue organisation and volunteered to be a trapped victim for the cause.
John Edward Jones explores Nutty Putty Cave
At the time, John was spending the holidays with his family. His family included his wife and their 13-month-old daughter. His family explored the Nutty Putty Cave to unite as avid spelunkers. John, who was 6 feet tall and weighed around 200 pounds back then, at the time. On November 24, 2009, John, his family, and nine friends visited the Nutty Putty Cave at 8 p.m. After almost an hour of searching, John located the entrance to the Birth Canal, an extremely tight passage that requires extreme caution.
He eventually located what he believed to be the correct opening and squirmed his way inside. Using his fingers, hips, and stomach, he began to crawl but quickly realized his error. John couldn’t breathe since the small opening he crawled through was just 10 inches wide and 18 inches high. Since there was no way to back out then, he had to go along. But the crack swallowed him whole, and he was trapped. In addition, despite its widespread notoriety, the Nutty Putty Cave has never been thoroughly mapped. As a result, John became wedged in an unknown fissure.
What happened to John Edward Jone?
Josh exerted himself in an unsuccessful attempt to save his sibling. Tragically, when he pulled at John’s calves, John slipped even deeper down the shaft. The worst part was that he was now hanging upside down with one hand trapped below and the other above. Josh immediately went to the entrance to shout for aid, but John was 400 feet inside the cave and 100 feet below. That strategy seemed to be functioning normally at first. The rescue team successfully removed John to safety once the device was in place. They could barely bring him forward a few inches at a time. The rescuers also fed John through IV. A catastrophe occurred, however, when one of the pulleys unexpectedly snapped.
Justifications for securing the cave’s entrance
The cave’s clayish rock caused the pulley’s anchor point to loosen, according to Roundy. This concluded the rope and pulley operation, and John was again imprisoned. John ceased answering at 11:59 p.m. Then, a doctor or nurse appeared near enough to proclaim him dead from heart arrest and asphyxia. When everything was said and done, rescue workers spent 27 hours attempting to save John. John Edward Jones’s corpse was never brought back from the cave. Authorities decided it was too risky to try and retrieve it. So, he was laid to rest there, in that crack. The Nutty Putty Cave was finally shut for good a week after his untimely death there. A memorial plaque honouring John’s life is also displayed there.