Watch the horrifying moment a Saltburn potholer gets stuck in a cave

The Northern Echo: STUCK: Bob Johnson during his ordeal STUCK: Bob Johnson during his ordeal

A POTHOLER has told of the terrifying moment he stuck in one of the UK’s most treacherous caves as water flooded in.

Video footage of Saltburn man, Bob Johnson’s ordeal has become a YouTube hit with more than 200,000 hits.

WARNING: This video contains strong language.

But the 39-year-old Redcar steelworker said he couldn’t watch it himself.

Mr Johnson became wedged in freezing water in Lost John’s cave on Leck Fell, Lancashire earlier this year. He had been filming with a head-cam on his helmet, but passed the camera to his friend as he struggled to free himself as water rushes in.

Friends can be heard urging him to relax until, after five minutes, other cavers pull him free. He was bruised but unhurt.

“I have been caving since, but I won’t be trying that again,” he said. “When I got out I went straight for a beer.”

As for the footage, Mr Johnson said, “I can’t watch it, I was like a cork in a bottle.”

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1:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

hippyjohn says...

should use an ordinary cup like the rest of us
should use an ordinary cup like the rest of us hippyjohn
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5:08pm Thu 24 Apr 14

abdarlouk says...

The story insinuates that he was trapped in a rapidly filling cavern and was about to die. Whereas in actual fact he got wedged in a tight part that happened to have a little running water passing through it.
That being said pot holing in such places would literally be my worst nightmare and if you willingly put yourself in dark, confined, wet and freezing places then you deserve what you get.
The story insinuates that he was trapped in a rapidly filling cavern and was about to die. Whereas in actual fact he got wedged in a tight part that happened to have a little running water passing through it. That being said pot holing in such places would literally be my worst nightmare and if you willingly put yourself in dark, confined, wet and freezing places then you deserve what you get. abdarlouk
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5:31pm Thu 24 Apr 14

conlinjohn@ymail.com says...

idiots what do they expect I think the clues in the headline IE. A POTHOLER has told of the terrifying moment he stuck in one of the UK’s most treacherous caves as water flooded in.

People who do this are in my opinion deserve every think they get I'm surprised the emergency services were not called out at the expense of tax payers to rescue this idiot and as for having a beer afterword he should have a diet coke and he might not get stuck
idiots what do they expect I think the clues in the headline IE. A POTHOLER has told of the terrifying moment he stuck in one of the UK’s most treacherous caves as water flooded in. People who do this are in my opinion deserve every think they get I'm surprised the emergency services were not called out at the expense of tax payers to rescue this idiot and as for having a beer afterword he should have a diet coke and he might not get stuck conlinjohn@ymail.com
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9:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Robert_ says...

I massively reduce my risk of dying a horrible death in a flooded cave by not going into caves at risk of being flooded.

Call me stupid :/
I massively reduce my risk of dying a horrible death in a flooded cave by not going into caves at risk of being flooded. Call me stupid :/ Robert_
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