The 14-year-old was part of a larger group exploring Bagshawe Cavern in Bradwell when she slipped on wet rock and fell.
Derbyshire Police took a 999 call about the incident at around 4.45pm on Sunday, February 26, and called for assistance from the Cave Rescue organisation to help get the girl out.
Cave Rescue arrived at the cave and found the girl inside with another child and two adults, with the rest of the group waiting outside. The teenager was rescued by around 7pm and an ambulance was called to take her to hospital.
Source: Derbyshire Times
Bagshawe Cavern is a largely natural cave system which was discovered by lead miners in 1806. It is open by arrangement for instructor-led 'Adventure caving for beginners', which gives access to a greater part of the cave for those who are prepared to get themselves dirty. A helmet, lamp and suitable clothing are necessary, for to see much of the cave system involves a certain amount of ladder-climbing and crawling, but some of the equipment can be hired at the cave.
The show cave descends 102 steps to a chamber and a horizontal passage, giving features called the Elephant's Throat and the Chandler's Shop. Beyond this is a passage of decorated flowstone called the Grotto of Paradise and a decorated chimney called Niagara Falls. There are some good stalagmites. The cave then divides into two parts - the lower section goes down a passage called the Dungeon and extends down close to a resurgence in Bradwell Dale, while the upper part leads to a chamber known as the Hippodrome.
References: Caves of Derbyshire by Trevor D Ford and David W Gill, Dalesman Books. Also: Underground Britain by Bruce Bedford, Collins/Willow.