East Tennessee teen pulled from cave near Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) -- A Tri-Cities teen is okay after falling two stories into a local cave.

Johnson City and Washington County emergency workers were called to a wooded area off Rock Garden Road around 6:30 Wednesday Evening.

Richey Steins was out riding bikes with his friends, when they decided to explore the cave. The fence around the opening didn't stop them.

Richey soon found himself in trouble; he fell 25 to 30 feet down the hole.

Richey's mother had a bad feeling when she saw emergency crews rolling into the neighborhood.

"I just knew that he had cut up through these woods," said Betty Jo Steins.
Luckily Richey was near the entrance and emergency workers were able to pull him to safety.

Richey immediately ran and hugged his mom. Betty Jo Steins is thankful her son is okay, "He's all I got. He's my baby."

Richey still faces some tough love, he'll be grounded for a month, but he's okay with the punishment, "I think I deserve it. My mom's warned me about that place a lot."


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