Rising waters trap 2 men in Snail Shell Cave

Sep 14, 2020 at 09:35 am by Lisa Marchesoni

Rutherford County Fire Rescue, Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services personnel make a water rescue Sept. 13, 2020, at Snell Shell Cave. (Submitted)

Two men trapped inside Snail Shell Cave with rising waters from heavy rains were rescued Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13 by teams of Rutherford County emergency responders. 

A third man inside made his way to safety and notified responders to the cave on Snail Shell Road in Rockvale early this afternoon, said Sheriff's Sgt. Trey Nunley.

Rescuers were expecting to bring the men to safety within 30 minutes, the sergeant said.

They were trapped on a knoll with a river inside the cave, Nunley said. 

Rutherford County Fire Rescue, Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services rescued the men.

They called Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department for their expertise in water rescue.



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