Fatality in 'testing' cave route was first

A 50-year-old died after developing hypothermia during a caving accident at Castleton, an inquest heard.

Computer software programmer Paul Fowkes was on the final leg of the journey through Giant's Hole when the tragedy occurred last December 2.

He was trying to climb out of the "Garlands" section when he got into difficulties and ended up dangling horizontally on a rope.

 

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