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Utah Spelunker's Death Reminds me of Omayra Sánchez


I find it difficult to even read about the 26-year-old Utah spelunker who died after being trapped in a cave's narrow crevice.

I can't imagine how helpless rescuers must have felt, knowing John Jones was there and being unable to free him.  They'll never be able to recover his body so they're going to shut down the cave instead.

The entire episode reminded me of Omayra Sánchez.  I only learnt about Omayra Sánchez a couple of years ago and that story and this story are eerily similar.  Omayra Sánchez was trapped in water, but she was trapped in such a fashion that they couldn't help her, and efforts to drain the water around her failed.  They could see her and talk to her, but they couldn't free her.

Here's Omayra, shortly before she passed away.

Omayra Sanchez
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