Kentucky cave explorer who became a national sensation after becoming trapped at Sand Cave.
His family owned Crystal Cave, a beautiful but remote cave, and Collins embarked on a mission to find an entrance to it from the more commonly visited network.
His ordeal at Sand Cave became headline news, with reports on his rescue status gluing people to the new medium of radio.
He was born in Auburn, Kentucky.
His ordeal in the cave somewhat resembled that of the climbrer Aaron Ralston, though Ralston's had a happier outcome.