KIMBOLTON -- A Byesville man died Tuesday evening (Nov. 3) at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center in Columbus as the result of injuries suffered earlier in the day in a fall at Hosak's Cave at Salt Fork State Park.
Clyde Heskett, 35, died at 6:29 p.m., according to Dr. Anahi M. Ortiz, of the Franklin County Coroner's Office.
Ortiz said an autopsy was conducted on Mr. Heskett Wednesday morning, but the results were not available as of press time today.
Mr. Heskett is believed to have suffered severe internal injuries, including fractures and blunt force trauma as a result of the fall.
He fell approximately 30 feet from the peak of the cave onto rocks below at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday.
According to a dispatch log at the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office, a female caller said her boyfriend fell from the top of the cave at Salt Fork State Park and was heard yelling for help. The caller said she was not immediately able to locate him following the fall.
Emergency responders from United Ambulance and the Liberty Community Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene along with Salt Fork rangers and the Guernsey County Technical Rescue Unit.
The first emergency responders worked to stabilize Mr. Heskett for transport while additional personnel were dispatched to the scene on the north side of the park. MedFlight was dispatched and arrived on scene at approximately 1:45 p.m., according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
At 2 p.m., Mr. Heskett was extricated from the ravine and moved to a landing zone established at the Kennedy Stone House. He was treated for his injuries by MedFlight personnel prior to being transported to Southeastern Med.
Mr. Heskett was transported by United Ambulance to the Cambridge hospital. He was later flown to Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he died a short time after arriving at the hospital.
No injuries were reported by Heskett's girlfriend.
The incident remained under investigation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.