Illinois man describes hours trapped in Iowa cave

By the Associated Press | May 23, 2012 | 2:05 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Illinois man says he was surprised by the number of people who worked to rescue him while he was trapped in an Iowa cave over the weekend.

Twenty-year-old Logan Eliasen, of Port Byron, Ill., got trapped in a narrow part of a cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park while exploring during a camping trip. He was freed Saturday after being stuck for 20 hours.

Eliasen told the Quad-City Times ( he was surprised by the size of the rescue effort because he only saw two or three rescuers at once.

About a dozen people took turns crawling through 300 feet of twists and turns during the rescue effort. They chipped away at rock and tried to slide Eliasen out on a piece of plastic before he yanked himself loose.


Information from: Quad-City Times,