SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The medical student who died in a Utah cave was the third spelunker in recent years to get stuck in the same tiny crevice but the only one to die an outcome that devastated the dozens of rescuers who worked for more than a day to save him. John Jones, 26, of Stansbury Park, died early Thursday, nearly 28 hours after he got stuck in Nutty Putty Cave, a popular spelunking site south of Salt Lake City. It was the first known fatality since cavers began exploring the 1,500-foot cave's narrow passageways in the 1960s, cave access manager Michael Leavitt said. Utah County sheriff's office Sgt. Spencer Cannon said rescuers, who numbered well above 50 at times, were shocked and deeply saddened by the outcome. "It's a tough" situation, Cannon said. "It's not very often where you come in, you have high hopes and you are going into an operation you have done before with success and then you get into a situation where it doesn't go as you planned." Search and rescue workers successfully pulled two people from the same spot in the 1,500-foot-long cave during the same week in 2004. "Caving isn't generally considered to be a dangerous sport," Cannon said. "But I think you can safely say this is a dangerous spot in that cave." Nutty Putty is now closed until a decision is made about its future, Leavitt said. Cannon said the sheriff's office wouldn't give an opinion about whether it should remain open. Family members described Jones as an outdoors lover and experienced caver who was looking forward to the birth of his second child next year. "He had explored many caves and maneuvered is way through many tight spaces before," the family said in a statement issued late Thursday. For the past two years, the St. George native was attending medical school at the University of Virginia, hoping to pursue a career as a pediatric cardiologist. Jones, his wife Emily and their 13-month-old daughter had come home to Utah for the Thanksgiving holiday and to share the news that another baby is expected in June.