CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - A man who died while exploring a treacherous southern
Indiana cave with several friends over the weekend had been traversing
through it for years.
Timothy McLain, 49, of Brownsburg, died Saturday evening more than two miles
into Blowing Hole Cave near Corydon, according to state conservation
officers. McLain was among a group of eight people when he suddenly
collapsed, fellow caver Rand Heazlitt of Corydon told The Indianapolis Star.
"He was laughing, having a good time when they were getting to a duck-under
spot,” Heazlitt said. “A couple people had gotten under when someone yelled
‘We’ve got a problem.’”
Conservation Officer Jim Schreck said an autopsy was planned, but a medical
issue is the suspected cause of McLain’s death.
Heazlitt said the cavers tried to resuscitate McLain as they worked for
hours to carry his body to the surface of the cave that’s part of the
sprawling Binkley Cave system.
“He was just laughing one minute and the next minute, he was gone,” Heazlitt
McLain wrote an Indiana Caverns blog article in August about the discovery
of a new underground river in the cave system about 25 miles west of
“Binkley Cave continues to amaze us, allowing us to keep expanding its
boundaries farther and farther, while fueling further speculation about
where it will go,” McLain wrote. “It keeps us excited and motivated to find
The cave system is treacherous, with chest-deep waters and tight crevices
requiring cavers to take part in strenuous crawls to maneuver, Schreck said.