Yesterday, I had a sports feature come out in the Vancouver Sun. Much to my delight, it was on the front cover of the paper and the sports section, too. It’s two things I can check off my writing Bucket List.
The story is about two cavers who got trapped in Cascade Cave last December on Vancouver Island.
When down in the cave, a storm surged outside, unbeknownst to the guys. The cave began filling with rain and one of them got caught in fast-moving water.
In the end, they were trapped for 14 hours down there because the only way out was full to the roof with water. Rescuers weren’t able to reach them either.
It’s a harrowing story of survival and my worst nightmare.
Earlier this month, the cavers went back to the cave to retrieve equipment they had to leave behind and slay their demons. I joined them for part of it and interviewed them down in the cave. As a writer/producer, it was a powerful experience for me, too.
Beyond the print story, I also had an assignment for an accompanying digital piece, which was nested in the online version of my story.
Below is the video, which tells part of their story. It has incredible footage of some of the drama down there.
Fair warning: parts of the video can be hard to watch.