The 1925 Cave Rescue That Captivated the Nation

Once upon a time, there lived a man fearless and talented enough.

The heroic rescue of a Thai soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave dominated the news. But it wasn’t the first cave rescue. The biggest cave rescue was in 1925, when Kentucky 37-year-old cave explorer Floyd Collins became trapped underground 60 feet deep for 17 days. Getting him out would be a particularly difficult task. The passage that led to him was so narrow that men could only crawl headfirst, and then had to wiggle out backward.

The epic effort to rescue him gripped national headlines and transformed into a battle between life and death. Read the story of Floyd Collins‘ life, his time trapped in the cave, and his legacy at Mental Floss.

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