By Paul Schmitt
With the ongoing rescue of 12 soccer players and their coach in a Thailand, an area caver is giving a unique insight to the situation. Gary K. Soule of Sturgeon Bay, a member of the Wisconsin Speleological Society who is on rescue call-out for this area, says the caves here offer more danger if you become stranded.
Soule says when he explored Horseshoe Bay caves north of Sturgeon Bay in the past it was done in the dead of winter because there would be no change in water levels. He says people need to be aware of their limitations when considering cave exploration.
Soule believes that the Door County caves at Horseshoe Bay have the potential for tourism appeal and educating local residents. He says the first 370 feet of the cave could be excavated to create a walking passageway to allow people to see where contaminants enter the ground from above. Thus showing how pollution impacts an underground cave system.
(photo submitted by Gary K. Soule)