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Boy Scout OK after rescue from cave

| Tuesday, April 29, 2003

A 14-year-old Boy Scout was in good condition Monday after breaking his leg and wrist in a fall so deep inside a cave that it took rescuers seven hours to bring him to safety.

Adam Graybeal, of Elliott City, Md., slipped and fell between two large rocks Saturday morning at Laurel Caverns in Fayette County while taking a high adventure tour with his father and eight other scouts.

The group was with a professional guide visiting parts of the 3-mile-long cavern system that most visitors don't get to see. They went to a passage called "The Beach," which is about 50 feet wide with a 30-foot-high ceiling and filled with soft sand and large rocks, said Renee Thomas, spokeswoman for Laurel Caverns.

Graybeal's father, John, and other members of the troop stayed with the Scout while a rescue team arrived from Morgantown, W.Va., and other volunteers assisted.

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