Niagara Cave Owner in Harmony Talks about Cave Safety

July 10, 2018 11:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Niagara Cave is full of natural beauty and plenty of room for exploration.

"Safety is everybody's number one concern," Niagara Cave owner Mark bishop said.


However, Bishop said there are a few things to keep in mind when venturing through Mother Nature.

"Going into any cave, they need to be experienced cavers or go with experienced cavers,” Bishop said. “Safety is always critical. If you've never been in a wild cave, you should never go into a wild cave without a skilled caver with you. Commercial caves, they've all been safety inspected and we know what's going on and the heartbeat and the pulse of the cave."

He also said to always be aware of your surroundings, and keep track of the forecast before heading to any commercial or wild cave.

Niagara Cave has experienced one case of extreme flooding, resulting in 125 feet of water near the cave's waterfall.

"In 2008, this water flooded all the way to the ceiling," Bishop said, standing next to Niagara Cave’s waterfall.

However, in this commercial cave, the most extreme flooding only flows up to people's feet.

"The cave drains naturally, it flows out of a spring actually 2 miles from here, comes out of the side of the bluff as a spring and empties into the Upper Iowa River," Bishop said.

Bishop said flooding is much more dangerous in a wild cave, like the one that's been making national headlines in Thailand. Bishop said that's when people can actually get trapped.

"The person that took the children into the cave wasn't an experienced caver," Bishop said. "Safety is always critical."

So in all cases, it's the safety of the exploration that will allow you to have the best experience.


Elise Romas

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