Illinois Man Freed at Maquoketa State Park
MAQUOKETA – An Illinois man was rescued from a cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park after being stuck for more than 20 hours.
Logan Eliasen, 20, of Port Byron, Ill., was freed from the cave at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday after being stuck in a narrow passage of the cave since approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday night.
A companion, Emma Thomson, 20, also of Port Byron, Ill., had also been stuck, but she was freed at approximately 11:40 p.m. Friday. She was treated at the scene and released.
Rescue workers from a number of different agencies throughout northeast Iowa worked continuously to free Eliasen, including chiseling rock to widen the passage. He was given oxygen and IV’s while in the cave to prevent dehydration.
Eliasen was taken by ambulance to Jackson County Regional Health Center.
Other park visitors discovered two people lodged in Wye Cave Friday night around 8 p.m. Eliasen and Thomsen became stuck while crawling through a narrow part of the cave.
The state park, four miles northwest of Maquoketa in Jackson County, features a variety of caves on its premises. Park goers are allowed to explore them, based on their ability and comfort level. Wye (pronounced Y) cave is about mid-distance between the popular Dance Hall Cave and the park campground.