Son jokes that he will never go caving with his dad again after 28 hour ordeal

Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO) at the scene
Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO) at the scene

A son who had been lost in a cave on Co Clare for 28 hours with his dad has joked that he will never go caving again.

“My son Finn was very good because your mind can play tricks on you but he was very calm,” dad Patrick Troy (60) said after their ordeal. "He told me he wouldn't go caving with me again.”

The Dubliners had entered the caving network at Pollnagollum in north Clare on Saturday afternoon but lost their way.

Despite efforts to find their way out, the pair remained in the cave overnight until they were finally located at around 5pm yesterday.

Speaking after emerging from the cave network, Patrick Troy was quick to praise his rescuers and admitted: "I broke all the cardinal rules."

"Honestly, I broke all the rules in the book. I should have notified someone we were going in. We thought it would just be in for two hours and back out again. You should always notify someone when you are going caving like that," he said.

"I've been caving for over 30 years but it's 20 years since I was here and the passages have all changed. We were staying in Lisdoonvarna for the weekend and I was supposed to collect someone in Limerick. When I didn't arrive the whole (rescue) kicked into action," he added.

A former member of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO), Patrick said he knew they would be rescued.

"We managed to sleep and stay warm but I was always confident we would be rescued. I knew they'd be coming."

The caves, which run up to 20km in length, are located on the eastern side of Slieve Elva between Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan.

Members of the ICRO from several parts of the country were mobilised once the alarm was raised.