Call-outs

383: JAMES HALL MINE (JH), CASTLETON
Saturday /Sunday 22/23 October 2016
The team were called out at 4:30pm to reports of a caver (m) who had been hit by a falling rock whilst climbing the 80m deep Leviathan pitch in JH, near Castleton. He had suffered head injuries but impressively he was able to complete the climb to the top of the pitch under his own steam. His companion continued to the surface to call DCRO. When the team arrived first aid was administered, the casualty was wrapped against the cold and put in a stretcher. The team then lowered him down the remaining pitches and through boulder constrictions. Here a further team of twenty volunteers supported by Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics were waiting to take him out to the surface along over a kilometre of partly flooded cave and mine passages. The surface was reached after an 8 hour rescue involving over 50 cavers. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery!

382: CHURN HOLE, DEEPDALE, BUXTON
Friday 23 September 2016
DCRO was mobilised to go to the aid of an injured sheep trapped under a boulder. The team were stood down after the animal was reported dead.

381: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Wednesday 31 August 2016
One member of a party of two cavers returning from a Round Trip was too tired to be able to climb Garlands Pot and her companion was unable to offer sufficient help to get her up without further assistance. DCRO turned out and a small team successfully hauled her up the pitch and escorted her to the surface. She was unharmed but very tired and cold.

380: JAMES HALL MINE (JH), CASTLETON
Saturday/Sunday 6-7 August 2016
A party of four experienced cavers were reported overdue on a trip to Calcite Aven via JH. A DCRO team was called out and contact was quickly made with the party who reached the foot of the entrance shaft shortly after DCRO members began arriving on site. The party were tired but unharmed and the team stood by until they were all safely on the surface.

379: MINE SHAFTS AND WORKINGS, YOULGREAVE
Wednesday 3 March 2016
Search for an 83 year old man missing from home in Youlgreave. His body was found by a member of the public in the river in Bradford Dale.

378: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON
Friday 13 November 2015
An elderly tourist had got into difficulty on the steps. DCRO was called to assist by PDMRO. Team was mobilised and the first to get to the Cavern along with members of BMRT and EMRT found that the ambulance crew had already got the casualty to the surface. He had only been halfway down the first steps apparently.

377: SHACK HALL SCRIN, CASTLETON
Sunday 14 June 2015
A lamb had fallen a few metres down a mine shaft. It was recovered uninjured by a small team.

376: MOULDRIDGE MINE, PIKEHALL
Sunday 31 May 2015
Two cavers were reported overdue and a DCRO controller set off to investigate but was stood down en route after as the missing two telephoned to report that they were OK.

375: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Wednesday 20 May 2015
A caver had an uncontrolled abseil down Garlands Pot and sustained chest injuries. Once hauled up the pitch he was able to make his way slowly to the surface with assistance. This was rescue number 40 from Giants Hole. Spookily, the time of call out (21:03) was exactly the same as the last call to Garlands Pot in February.

374: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Saturday 14 February 2015
A novice caver suffering from exhaustion and mild hypothermia at Garlands Pot. She was assisted back to the surface after rewarming. This was our 39th call out to Giants and 16th to Garlands Pot.

373: BEANS & BACON MINE, BONSALL MOOR, MATLOCK
Tuesday 16 September 2014
A young cow had fallen into the entrance workings of the mine. It was uninjured but hauling it out the way it had fallen in would have been very difficult. Fortunately an adit entrance was found lower down the hill which led, after thirty metres or so, to where the cow was trapped. The passage was enlarged and cleared of obstacles and the cow was then able to make its own way out to the surface.

372: CRITCHLOW CAVE, LATHKILL DALE, MONYASH
Saturday 6 September 2014
Some walkers reported that their dog had entered a cave and had not emerged. DCRO were called out to join Derbyshire Fire and Rescue personnel who were in attendance. The cave turned out to be Critchlow and the entrance was found to have become very constricted due to silting and the activities of foxes. There was no initial sign or sound of the missing dog. After about an hour's unpleasant digging the dog could be heard somewhere ahead but another five hours work was required before it could be reached and rescued from a point about fifteen metres from the entrance.

371: ABER LAS SLATE MINE, LLANGOLLEN, NORTH WALES
Saturday 23 August 2014
Two members of the DCRO Diving Team with DCRO equipment travelled to North Wales at the request of NWCRO to help with an incident where a diver had become overwhelmed by bad air or gas in a chamber at the far end of a 300 metre long sump. Divers and equipment also attended from the Yorkshire Dales. The diver was confirmed deceased and his body and equipment were recovered back through the sump during a number of dives.

370: ROWTER HOLE, CASTLETON
Thursday 26 June 2014
Due to a misunderstanding over timings a party of three experienced cavers were reported overdue and DCRO was alerted to investigate. The team was stood down before any team members arrived on site as the "overdue" cavers had surfaced safely.

369: TITAN, CASTLETON
Saturday 7 June 2014
A party of three cavers were reported overdue. A small team was mobilised to investigate and contact was made with the party at the foot of the shaft from the Breakthrough Window. One of the DCRO team descended to the Event Horizon from where communications were better and learned that all the party were well although very tired and that the trip had taken much longer than anticipated. They made their own way out to the surface with some help and support.

368: GENTLEWOMAN'S SHAFT, MATLOCK
Saturday 10 May 2014
A party of four cavers descended Gentlewoman's Shaft intended to do a through trip to exit via Youds Level in Matlock Bath. They were unable to find the correct route and returned to the shaft. Unfortunately they did not have the right kit with them to climb back to the surface and so they were marooned. A DCRO team of 25 attended when the party were reported overdue. Initially it was considered safest to guide the party to exit via Youds Level as they had originally intended but some of the escorted cavers encountered difficulties on the climbs and so a return was made to Gentlewoman's shaft. Here, after some time was spent clearing vegetation and safely rigging the shaft, the marooned cavers were hauled out to the surface.

367: ROWTER HOLE, CASTLETON
Sunday 4 May 2014
An alert was raised when a solo caver was reported overdue. A small initial team attended and made contact with a party of cavers who were in the entrance shaft. They reported that they had heard the overdue caver calling for help and had gone to rescue her from the difficulties she was in on a climb deeper into the mine. The DCRO team then stood by until the she had made her own way safely to the surface.

366: P.8. JACKPOT, CASTLETON
Saturday 3 May 2014
A caver with an experienced caving group from the West Midlands slipped and fell a short distance while negotiating the main streamway close to Ben's Dig. The man dislocated his shoulder. The group were able to get their companion nearly to the foot of the Second Pitch and then some of them went to the surface to get help. A DCRO team of about 25 attended and, in a four hour operation, treated the injured man and assisted him on his safe return to the surface.

365: DEVONSHIRE CAVERN, MATLOCK BATH
Thursday 1 May 2014
A novice caver on an evening trip fell about seven metres in a rift near to Waterfall Aven. Her companion went to the surface and telephoned for assistance. DCRO was alerted and also the ambulance service HART team. A HART team paramedic entered the cave with the casualty's companion before the first DCRO team members arrived. A DCRO team of nearly thirty attended supported by paramedics from the EMAS Cave Rescue Support Unit. The woman, who was suffering from a suspected broken ankle was brought out to the surface just after midnight and taken to hospital.

364: MINESHAFT, BERRYSTALL LODGE, BRADWELL MOOR
Saturday 19 April 2014
DCRO were asked to assist the Fire Service to recover six (!) lambs who had fallen into a mineshaft. The lambs were only about five or six metres down the shaft in a short blocked level under some deads supported by a wooden stemple. The Multipod was rigged to facilitate a safe descent clear of the loose shaft top and one team member descended. He captured the lambs one by one with a noose pole to avoid having to go under the deads. They were then bagged and drawn up to the surface in a number of separate hauls. Four of the lambs were alive and seemingly well but unfortunately two were recovered dead.

363: STEINUGLEFLAGET & PLURA RESURGENCE, NORWAY
7 to 27 February 2014
Not perhaps strictly a DCRO call out but the BCRC Overseas Diving Team are included as part of DCRO for insurance and administrative purposes. Two Finnish cave divers died whilst attempting the diving through trip from the Plura River resurgence to the Steinugleflaget cave in Plurdal, just South of the Arctic Circle. The Norwegian authorities requested the help of the BCRC team to investigate the accident site and attempt to recover the bodies of the two Finns who were trapped in a constriction at a depth below water of about 110 metres. The team and their equipment were flown to Norway. There they successfully dived down to the accident site and took photographs for the authorities. They made an attempt to recover the bodies in extremely difficult conditions but were unable to free them. The Norwegian authorities then decided that no further risks should be taken and further diving operations were called off.

362: GAUTRIES HOLE, SPARROWPIT
Thursday 9 January 2014
At 01.15 DCRO were called to Gautries Hole where three experienced cavers were reported overdue after heavy rain had flooded the cave close to the entrance. A member of the sump rescue team dived through and made contact with the overdue party who were found cold but unharmed. They were trapped beyond two five metre sumps with a small air bell between the two. By 03.15 as there was no sign of the water dropping and further heavy showers were forecast it was agreed to dive the trapped cavers out through the flooded passage. Three members of the sump rescue team were involved in the preparations and when all was ready the trapped party were dived through one by one and then made their way out to the surface. The operation was completed by 04.15.

361: MINESHAFT NR. STANTON IN PEAK
Saturday 30 November 2013
DCRO were requested to go to the assistance of a shooting party near Stanton in Peak when one of their dogs fell about ten metres into a disused mine shaft. A small team attended and brought the uninjured animal safely back to the surface.

360: JAMES HALL MINE (JH), CASTLETON
Saturday/Sunday 7/8 September 2013
At 22.30 on Saturday evening DCRO were called out to search for an overdue solo caver who had descended at about 11.00 to go to the bottom of Leviathan and back. On the way in she had taken a wrong turn in the Cartgate close to Bitch Pitch and had then fallen about eight metres into workings underneath the correct route. She suffered an injured foot and was unable to climb back out. Team members made contact with her at about 23.30 but due to the unstable nature of the passage they were unable without reinforcements and further equipment to reach her. She was safely hauled out of the hole about three hours later and after medical attention and packaging in a stretcher she was evacuated along the Cartgate and hauled up the entrance shaft to the surface where she arrived about 06.45 on Sunday morning. It then took until 09.30 to recover all team members and equipment out of the system.

359: P.8. JACKPOT, CASTLETON
Thursday 7 February 2013
A sheep had fallen into the entrance to the cave and taken refuge in the first chamber. A team recovered it to the surface unharmed.

358: PEAK PASTURES, CALVER
Sunday 21 October 2012
A sheep had fallen down a mineshaft and become marooned. A small team brought it safely to the surface.

357: LONGSTONE EDGE, HASSOP
Thursday 13 September 2012
A small team searched an area of known mine shafts and workings looking for signs of two harrier hounds who had gone missing whilst out with the High Peak Hunt. No sign of the missing hound was found. It seems possible that they had been "dog napped".

356: BURBAGE ROCKS, RINGINGLOW, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Tuesday 14 August 2012
A 15 year old girl climbing on Burbage Rocks slipped and got jammed in a fissure. Edale MRT attended and asked for help from DCRO. After a lot of chiselling and persuasion the girl was freed. She was not injured.

355: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON
Monday 23 July 2012
A woman on a tourist trip slipped and fell on the steps down into Lord Mulgrave's Dining Room. She landed with her back across another step and sustained a very painful injury. After medical treatment including pain relief she was placed in a stretcher and underwent a forty minute evacuation to the surface carried out by a joint team comprising members of DCRO and also Buxton and Edale Mountain Rescue Teams.

354: MINE WORKING, SLINTOR WOOD, CROMFORD
Sunday 20 May 2012
A caver spotted what could have been human remains down a mine working. A small team investigated and found that the suspicious object was actually a very old and sad cuddly toy!

353: BAGSHAWE CAVERN, BRADWELL
Sunday 26 February 2012
A fourteen year old girl on a supervised adventure trip into the cavern slipped and fell over whilst passing through the Hippodrome. She fell awkwardly across a boulder sustaining painful back injuries which rendered her unable to make her own way out. Her evacuation by stretcher to the surface required a team of twenty underground with others in support on the surface. The rescue was completed two and a half hours after the first rescue team members entered the cave.

352: WATER ICICLE CLOSE, MONYASH
Sunday 4 December 2011
An experienced caver was unable to prusik up the entrance shaft due to problems experienced with an old injury. A team attended, checked him out, rigged the Multipod over the shaft and then hauled him safely to the surface in a harness.

351: FAIRFIELD, BUXTON
Sunday 27 November 2011
At the request of the land owner a small team investigated a hole that had opened up in a field close to some buildings. The hole appeared to be due to subsidence and nothing of concern was found in it.

350: POLLONORA 10, GALWAY, EIRE
Tuesday 6 to Sunday 11 September 2011
Three members on the DCRO diving team went to Ireland to assist ICRO in the recovery of the body of a cave diver killed whilst exploring a 650 metre long and 52 metre deep sump.

349: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON
Monday 29 August 2011
A woman on a tourist trip slipped and fell over close to the Balancing Rock. She suffered a broken left leg and ambulance paramedics and DCRO attended. She was splinted and strapped to a spine board and brought safely out to the surface in a two hour operation.

348: SHAFT ABOVE LONGCLIFFE MINE, CASTLETON
Monday 15 August 2011
A walker discovered a sheep stuck about 3 or 4 metres down a mine working on the hillside above Longcliffe Mine. He reported it to the staff at Peak Cavern and they contacted a DCRO controller. A small team attended, located the shaft and brought the animal safely to the surface in a bag. It appeared unharmed.

347: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Friday 22 July 2011
A young novice caver tripped and sprained his ankle in Upper West Passage. DCRO personnel were on site and quickly evacuated him to the surface where he was treated by mountain rescue personnel and then taken by ambulance to hospital in Stockport.

346: MINE ADIT, NR. KNIVETON
Thursday 21 July 2011
DCRO's assistance was requested by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service who had been called to rescue a bull which had entered a mine adit on a farm at Kniveton and was some twenty metres underground. The bull was sedated by a local vet and winched back to the surface seemingly unharmed.

345: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Sunday 10 July 2011
An experienced caver had become separated from a party on a Titan to Peak through trip. An extensive search was organised with teams traversing the main trade routes. After some hours the missing man was found safe and well in the White River series and guided back to the surface via Speedwell.

344: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON
Friday 8 July 2011
An elderly tourist collapsed in the show cave at the top of the Thirty-Nine Steps. A small DCRO team attended and together with EMAS paramedics and a local First Responder they assisted the man to the surface.

343: STONEY MIDDLETON DALE
Thursday 23 June 2011
DCRO were asked to support police and mountain rescue teams in a search for a missing man whose car had been found in Stoney Middleton Dale. Team members began searching caves and mines in the area but the man was quickly found by a search dog on the surface. He was unharmed.

342: HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM, MATLOCK BATH
Sunday 3 April 2011
A man hit his head in the show cave and was concussed. East Midlands Ambulance Service requested cave rescue support and team members set out for the scene. In the event the man walked out of the cave and was treated by paramedics before any team members had arrived.

341: HIGGER TOR, NR. HATHERSAGE
Tuesday 8 February 2011
DCRO were called out to support mountain rescue personnel who had gone to the aid of a man who had become stuck whilst "weaseling" beneath the rocks at Higger Tor. He was released before team members arrived on site.

340: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON, DERBYSHIRE
Saturday 23 October 2010
A party of three cavers were descending Giants and had reached the Vice. One member climbed up high to get through but then fell 12-15 metres back down into the stream on the other side. He was briefly unconscious but then recovered enough to start making his way out in spite of head and hand injuries. One of the party had already gone to the surface to summon help and DCRO were contacted. However the man reached the surface shortly after the call had been made and no DCRO personnel actually went underground.

339: LINACRE WOODS, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYSHIRE
Sunday 26 September 2010
The police requested DCRO help to search a small disused stone mine in some woods where they had been looking for a missing person for some weeks. The mine was successfully entered and searched but nothing was found (apart from an expired and very ripe badger).

338: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON, DERBYSHIRE
Monday 12 July 2010
East Midlands Ambulance Service requested DCRO help to deal with a 65 year old tourist who had been taken ill and had collapsed close to the bottom of the main stairway in the show cave. A team of a dozen attended and stretchered the man to the surface. He was then taken to hospital in Stockport.

337: HIGGER TOR, HATHERSAGE, DERBYSHIRE
Tuesday 27 April 2010
DCRO were requested to back up Edale MRT who had been called to assist a man who had become trapped by his leg whilst "weaseling" among the gritstone rocks of Higger Tor. The man was quickly freed by the first MR team members on site and before any DCRO team members arrived.

336: WOOD MINE ALDERLEY EDGE, CHESHIRE
Saturday 24 April 2010
Two climbers somehow managed to gain access to the locked Stump Shaft entrance to Wood Mine. One of them fell in the shaft and was injured. His companion managed to get out and raise the alarm. The police, fire and ambulance services attended but DCRO was not informed until late in the process when DCC members were contacted by the National Trust warden and made their way to the site. The injured caver was extracted by the fire service before DCC or DCRO reached the entrance.

335: ABOVE GRINDSBROOK, KINDER SCOUT
Saturday 1 August 2009
A joint operation with Edale MRT to rescue a spaniel that had fallen down a concealed 3 - 4 metre deep cleft in the gritstone a short distance from a footpath. Once the team had flogged up onto the plateau from Edale the extraction was quickly carried out and the dog was recovered to the surface uninjured.

334: MIDDLETON LIMESTONE MINE, MIDDLETON BY WIRKSWORTH
Sunday 12 July 2009
DCRO were called out to assist the police who were looking for a man last seen in the Wirksworth area early on Friday morning. Later information led them to believe that he might have gone into the Middleton Limestone Mine. A DCRO team supported by members of the Wirksworth Mines Research Group began a search of the mine on Sunday morning but it was called off when the body of the man was discovered by police on the surface in the quarry workings near the mine.
Middleton Mine comprises about 33 miles of mostly large workings on three levels. As far as we know this is the only occasion a cave rescue team vehicle has been caving.

333: NETHER WATER MINE, HAZLEBADGE
Friday 19 June 2009
DCRO were asked to go to the help of a six week old calf which had fallen into old mine workings. Local cavers had already been down at the request of the farmer and reported the animal to be alive. A DCRO team of a dozen attended and in an operation lasting nearly four hours they successfully brought the animal to the surface.
The calf was either very lucky or very skilful. It jumped an initial 4 metres or so down the mine entrance. Then it ignored the first underground shaft on offer in favour of descending the next (5 metres) - wisely without making use of a rather dangerous iron ladder. Now gaining in confidence it made its way to the top of the next pitch (21 metres) which it descended rapidly and again without using a rope cleverly avoiding terminal velocity with the little used (and rarely successful) ricochet method. One more adrenaline hit descending a final 9 metre pitch and it found a side passage in which to make itself comfortable while it tried to work out how to get back up. It is now believed to be looking for a good caving club. Any offers?

332: OLD MILL CLOSE MINE, WENSLEY
Monday/Tuesday 11-12 May 2009
One of a party of three fell about 4 metres dislocating her left shoulder and breaking her left arm. A difficult twelve-hour rescue followed involving 59 cavers - 28 of whom went underground.

331: TITAN / PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Saturday 21 March 2009
A party of five cavers were more than two hours overdue beyond the 'eight hour standard' for the trip so DCRO was called out. In fact the party were not in trouble and were encountered in the Show Cave on their way out by which time they were more than three hours overdue. The trip had taken longer than normal due to a variety of problems.

330: MINESHAFT, ELTON
Monday 15 September 2008
The Fire Service had been called by the RSPCA when a large calf had fallen into a recently collapsed mineshaft near Elton. The Fire Service requested DCRO's attendance. The shaft was about 50 feet deep with the top 10 feet or so through extremely dangerous loose rock, soil and other material. The vein the shaft was on had been worked for spar and levelled some 30 years ago. The initial intention was to provide a safe platform over the shaft from which the injured animal could be shot. However it turned out not possible for the police marksman to get a clear view to carry this out. It was then decided to try to stabilise or remove the loose material around the shaft top and then see if a safe descent could be made to either bring the animal to the surface or slaughter it humanely underground. Several hours digging with a JCB and by hand made the shaft top safe and installed a platform from which to make a descent. This was done "gardening" off loose material and sending it up to the surface in the process. The calf was reached but its position and injuries and the state of the shaft dictated that the safest and kindest thing to do would be to humanely kill it and leave it where it was. Consequently the team doctor tranquillised the animal and killed it with a captive bolt gun.

329: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Thursday 21 August 2008
A party of three (two novices with an instructor) encountered difficulties when one of the novices was unable to climb Garlands Pot on ladder in what had become very high water conditions. The novices were taken to Chert Hall to wait while the instructor went for help. A DCRO team of 14 attended and brought the novices up Garlands and out to the surface.

328: LONGCLIFFE VEIN, CASTLETON
Tuesday 15 July 2008
DCRO were asked to join the search for a dog that had gone missing in the Castleton area. It was discovered to be down an open shaft on the Longcliffe Vein near Speedwell by a Mountain Rescue search dog. It was then retrieved unharmed by MR and CR personnel.

327: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Tuesday 22 April 2008
A party of five experienced cavers descended Titan on a trip that was intended to take them into Speedwell, through Colostomy Crawl and then out of Peak Cavern. When they reached Mucky Ducks they formed the opinion that the way through had sumped and was impassable. They then returned the way they had come intending to exit via JH which they knew to be rigged. When they had not emerged some two and a half hours after their ETA the alarm was raised. A search was started with one team entering Peak (where Mucky Ducks was not sumped!) and other teams entering Speedwell. Team members were also sent up to JH and Titan entrances with radios. Some two hours after the alarm had been raised one member of the missing party emerged at JH to report that his companions were following some way behind but one of them was exhausted and would need assistance. A small team went down to help and JH was rigged for hauling to complete the operation.

326: TITAN, CASTLETON
Saturday 1 March 2008
One of the last pair of a party of eight descending Titan got into difficulties at the Event Horizon change over and became hung up. Those who had already reached the bottom set off to the Speedwell exit where they raised the alarm. Some time later the marooned caver was freed by her companion cutting through her cows tail and they then both made their way successfully to the foot of the shaft where they waited for help as they did not know the route on. One DCRO team descended Titan, made contact with the two cavers, confirmed that they were O.K. and started to guide them out meeting on the way a second team who had been sent in through Speedwell.

325: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Sunday 2 December 2007
A party of five climbers and cavers from South Yorkshire were on their way out of the cave having completed a round trip when two of them got into difficulties on Garlands Pot where conditions were very wet. DCRO were called and a team eventually totalling 27 attended. The first party to arrive at Garlands Pot found the two cavers on the pitch with a third member of the party (who had gone back after raising the alarm) at the top. Two of the party had been trying unsuccessfully to get their unconscious companion to the top of the pitch. With the additional manpower and equipment provided by the first rescuers both cavers found on the pitch were recovered to the top. Two of the party, although tired and hypothermic, were able to make their own way out of the cave with assistance. The third and unconscious member of the party was evacuated by stretcher and handed over to the ambulance service. He was taken to hospital in Stockport where despite attempts to re-warm and revive him, he was eventually pronounced dead. Our condolences go to the family and friends of the deceased.

324: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Friday 23 September 2007
DCRO were asked to go and see to a sheep which was rampaging around the top of the cliffs above the entrance to the cavern and showering down rocks which were landing in the area between the cavern gate and the kiosk. A small team attended and two members roped down to try and get the sheep. Unfortunately it evaded capture, but whilst doing so it ran over the edge of the cliff and came to a nasty end in the gorge below.

323: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Monday 20 August 2007
On returning from a trip a little way down the Crabwalk a 55 year old female caver became too exhausted to climb Garlands Pot on ladder with lifeline assistance. One of the party exited the cave and flagged down a passing EMAS paramedic to raise the alarm before returning underground to fetch out the third member of the party who was a novice. A DCRO team of twelve attended. The woman was put into a harness and hauled up the pitch after which she was able to make her own way out to the surface.

322: P.8. (JACKPOT), CASTLETON
Sunday/Monday 8-9 July 2007
A 30 year old male caver on an guided trip slipped in the streamway and dislocated his right knee. Two companions went for help and three stayed with him. The police were contacted and they alerted DCRO at about 15.15 on Sunday afternoon. The team doctor and medical officer attended the casualty and after administering pain relief they were able to relocate his knee and splint his leg. After consulting with the casualty it was decided to carry out the evacuation with him in a harness and splint sooner than in a stretcher. The rescue was inevitably an extremely slow process and involved a lot of specialist rigging on pitches and traverses. The evacuation started just before 20.00 and the casualty reached the surface just after 02.20 on Monday morning. Forty team members and a number of other other cavers were involved in the rescue including two paramedics from the East Midlands Ambulance Service Cave Rescue Support Unit.

321: MINESHAFT ABOVE MONKSDALE, TIDESWELL
Saturday 7 April 2007
A farmer discovered that one of his lambs had got under the side of a shaft cap and had fallen about twenty feet onto a ledge. A small team attended and carefully dismantled the shaft cap and removed loose rocks before one team member abseiled down to the animal. The lamb was unhurt and was hauled out safely in the DCRO animal bag. It has probably been eaten by now!

320: P.8. (JACKPOT), CASTLETON
Sunday 18 February 2007
An experienced caver - one of three instructors with a party of ten novices - was taken seriously ill from suspected food poisoning some way beyond the foot of the second pitch. He made his own way back to the foot of the pitch but was unable to get any further and DCRO was alerted after some of the party reached the surface and telephoned the police.
The casualty was warmed and given medical treatment including intravenous fluids in the hope that he would recover sufficiently to be able to make his own way out. When this did not work he was put into a stretcher and his evacuation started. On reaching the top of the first pitch he had begun to recover and was able to make his own way from there out to the surface with assistance.
The whole operation took a little over six hours and involved just over thirty rescuers.

319: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Sunday 15 October 2006
DCRO was alerted when a party was reported overdue on a trip into Far Sump Extension. Some team members set off for Peak but were stood down after the "missing" cavers telephoned the person who raised the alarm to say that they were safely on the surface.

Note: It is DCRO policy to record as a "call out" any incident when team members leave home to travel to the scene. If, after a call is made to DCRO, the situation is resolved by a bit of telephoning or DCRO is stood down before anyone leaves home then the incident is not logged as a call out and is not be recorded as such. Every year there are a few such incidents.

318: HIGGAR TOR, HATHERSAGE
Sunday 10th September 2006
PDMRO and the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service had been called to the assistance of a man who had become wedged whilst trying to negotiate a route through fissures in Higgar Tor. He was uninjured but had become jammed in a vertical fissure a little way underground. DCRO were called in support and after rock had been chiselled from around the man he was able to descend the fissure to a chamber from where he was taken back out to the surface.

317: CAVEDALE, CASTLETON
Tuesday 8th August 2006
DCRO was asked by the farmer to rescue a sheep trapped on a ledge opposite Peveril Castle in Cavedale. A team met up in the evening and safely recovered the trapped animal uninjured by abseiling down to it and lowering it from the crag in a new specially designed animal bag.

316: ASTONHILL SWALLET, PIKEHALL
Saturday 25th March 2006
An experienced caver and digger was hit and trapped by a falling boulder in a dig a short way from the bottom of the entrance shaft. His companions telephoned the police from the nearby farm requesting assistance. First on the scene were the fire brigade and caving paramedics. The paramedics descended and were able to confirm that the man had died. DCRO team members then started work on recovering the man from underground. As the accident had occurred only a few feet below the surface in soft ground and as the cave in the region of the accident site was not stable it was decided to dig down from the surface using a JCB. The operation took around seven hours with DCRO being supported throughout by the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the police.

315: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Saturday 25th February 2006
A party on a through-trip from JH was reported overdue. A member of the party had difficulties on the Block Hall rebelay resulting in the trip taking longer than anticipated. When the call-out was received, team members and the vehicle were attending a farewell evening at the Wanted Inn, Sparrowpit. The licensees, Christine and Mike, have been staunch supporters of DCRO during their time at the Wanted Inn. Team members together with the DCRO vehicle arrived on the scene as the overdue party exited the cave.

314: PEAK CAVERN, CASTLETON
Sunday 29th January 2006
A report was received of a party of cavers possibly overdue after a trip into the White River series. A team member was asked to check Peak Cavern entrance and the TSG hut before a full call out was started. The missing cavers were located in Castleton village, safe and well after a longer than expected trip.

313: MISSING PERSON SEARCH IN ODIN MINE AREA, CASTLETON
Wednesday 18th January 2006
DCRO were asked to assist in the search for a missing man whose car had been parked on the road between Treak Cliff Cavern and Odin Mine for some days. Mountain Rescue teams had been searching a two kilometre circle around the parked car and in view of the number of obvious cave and mine entrances in the area, they requested DCRO support. Twenty-three team members attended and went to the better known and/or obvious entrances in the area. As the man was not a caver, searches were carried out only to the limit a non-caver without tackle might have reached on purpose, or by falling. Nothing was found. The man turned up on Friday 20th January having been recognised on his way back to his car from wherever he had been!

312: BLUE JOHN CAVERN,CASTLETON
Sunday 7th August 2005
Called to assist EMAS paramedics evacuate an elderly lady who had become exhausted climbing the steps out of the cavern. A small team assisted carrying the lady, in an ambulance chair, out of the cavern.

311: EARLE RAKE, BRADWELL DALE
Wednesday 29th June 2005
Requested by a local landowner via Edale MRT to recover a sheep stranded 10 metres down the open cut.

310: JAMES HALL MINE (JH), CASTLETON
Saturday 4th December 2004
A caver while abseiling down the second (Bitch) pitch fell the final 5 metres. Due to location in the cave and suspecting a spinal injury he was evacuated via Leviathan and out though Speedwell Cavern. This was DCRO's biggest and most technical rescue in recent years lasting over 9 hours and involving over 50 rescue personnel. The injured caver was later found not to have damaged his spine. He had fractured his scapula (shoulder blade), some ribs and had severe bruising.

309: ASTBURY LIMESTONE MINE, ASTBURY
Thursday 16th September 2004
An experienced caver slipped below the entrance shaft injuring his arm. DCRO were put on stand-by whilst a successful self rescue was carried out.

308: CARLSWARK CAVERN, EYAM
Tuesday 10th August 2004
Two novice cavers on a training course were sent down Eyam dale shaft with instructions to exit the via the Gin Entrance. When they had not exited in the expected time a search was made of the intended route, when no one was found DCRO were called. As a more detailed search was started the missing cavers were found safe but cold and tired, they had lost their way and gone up Big Dig.

307: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Sunday 2nd May 2004
Caver made an uncontrolled decent while abseiling down Garlands pot. Sustaining fractured vertebrae he was stretchered to the surface where he was air-lifted to hospital.

306: CROWDECOTE AREA
Tuesday 27th April 2004
A local resident reported a lost dog suspecting it had gone down a near by cave. A local team member had a preliminary look then sought advice. A search was organised for the evening. The dog however turned up as team members were about to leave home.

305: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Monday 12th April 2004
A caver abseiled of the end of the rope wile descending Garlands pot. He complained of back pain impaired use of a leg. DCRO members stretchered him to surface where he was air-lifted to hospital.

304: DRAGONS CAVE, AMBERGATE
Saturday 3rd April 2004
An 11 year old boy became stuck in a tight rift in a gritstone cave approx 230mm wide. One DCRO team member managed to reach him and tie a rope round the boy's legs and with some persuasion and a tight rope the boy eased himself back out the way he came.

303: PEAK / SPEEDWELL, CASTLETON
Sunday/Monday 14/15th March 2004
A party doing a JH / Peak through trip were reported overdue. The party had taken a wrong turn and having visited the Assault course decided to retrace there route and exit via JH. DCRO members located them in the workshop area of JH and after some food and drink escorted them to the surface via Speedwell cavern.

302: TITAN, CASTLETON
Sunday 18th January 2004
A caver had problems at a rebelay below the Event Horizon. While the alarm was raised he had managed to free himself. DCRO members assisted him on the final pitch.

301: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Sunday 28th December 2003
A female caver lost control descending Garlands pot. Suspecting back injuries she was evacuated to the surface and taken by ambulance to hospital.

300: THIRST HOUSE CAVE, EARL STERNDALE
Sunday 30th November 2003
A member of a party camping in the cave overnight had slipped hurting his back. In the morning he slipped again causing great pain. DCRO were alerted and evacuated him to a waiting ambulance at Earl Sterndale.

299: SHARDLOW MARINA, SHARDLOW
Saturday 27th September 2003
Police requested DCRO's assistance in recovering a body from between two canal barges. DCRO divers were in attendance but were not needed. The body was recovered without getting wet.

298: STANLEY MOOR, BUXTON
Thursday 4th September 2003
Acting on a request from the police a search of all known caves and accessible open passages on Stanley Moor, for a possible missing camper, no body was found.

297: BLUE JOHN CAVERN, CASTLETON
Monday 25th September 2003
An 80 year old man with cardiac problems became ill during a tourist trip. Paramedics attended and requested DCRO's assistance evacuating the casualty. 12 team members attended underground.

296: GIANT'S HOLE, CASTLETON
Wednesday 6th August 2003
A home made rope ladder was reported left on Garlands and concerns raised that a party may be in difficulties deeper in the system. It was concluded a search was necessary, although almost certainly a false alarm. A team of 4 checked the cave down Crab Walk to Geology Pot and back via the Upper Series, also checking the Upper Series from Base Camp Chamber. No sign of anyone was found.

295: MINE SHAFT, ELTON
Tuesday 29th July 2003
R.S.P.C.A. and fire brigade requested DCRO's assistance and advice about rescuing a goat which had fallen 15m down a mine shaft. Goat "Queenie" was successfully recovered by DCRO.

294: LIMESTONE MINE, WALSALL, W. MIDLANDS
Monday 2nd June 2003
Call to advise about a shaft found in a disused mine. CCPC team stood down on route to Walsall, assistance was not required.

293: KNOTLOW MINE, MONYASH
Monday 21st May 2003
Caver fell 4 metres in Bung Chamber sustaining a suspected pelvic fracture. Casualty was treated on site by EMAS paramedics and evacuated via the climbing shaft. No serious injuries were later found: just bad bruising.

292: GOOD LUCK MINE, MATLOCK
Monday 21st April 2003
Requested to check the mine following a report of a car being parked for two days. One team member checked the entrance with the police, two cavers were found safe and well camping. False alarm.

291: PINDALE AREA, CASTLETON
Friday 3rd January 2003
Assist PDMRO search the area around Pindale for a missing teenager. The teenager was found later, safe, at a house in Stockport.

290: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON
Saturday 2nd February 2002
A party of 10 had gone down Crab Walk, turning back just before the vice. One member was unable to climb the Garlands pitch and after a few attempts the party called for assistance. A DCRO team was raised and on reaching the stranded caver he was warmed and fitted with a harness. With a little help the caver made his own way out of the cave.

289: CUTTLEBROOK CULVERT, SINFIN, DERBY
Wednesday 30th January 2002
Search a drainage culvert for a youth seen entering it whilst being chased by the police. The culvert was searched for approx 500 metres. to its conclusion, no one was found.

288: LADYBOWER RESERVOIR, CASTLETON
Sunday 2nd December 2001
Not an underground rescue but one of those funny little jobs that comes to DCRO from time to time. The police and fire service had been called when a dog swimming along the shoreline of the reservoir had managed to get itself marooned in an airspace beneath some pipe supports. The fire service launched what looked like an industrial airbed (designed for water, mud and ice rescue situations) as a base of operations and from that the situation could be properly weighed up from water level. The task of reaching the dog turned out to be more of a duck than a dive and once that had been determined the dog was quickly reached and taken to safety without the need for further back up.

287: RIVER SERPENTINE, BUXTON
Sunday 5th August 2001.
Requested to search the length of the river through Buxton town centre after a pile of clothes were found by the river. Nothing was found.

286: SUICIDE CAVE, CASTLETON
Sunday 1st July 2001.
An experienced caver had just entered the cave and stepping the wrong way fell 5 metres. Buxton MRT were first on the scene (fund raising in Castleton), Edale MRT were also called. DCRO attended with EMAS and evacuated the injured caver, back injuries were suspected. The casualty was taken to hospital where broken ribs and kidney damage was diagnosed.

285: NETTLE POT, CASTLETON
Saturday 30th July 2000
Two experienced cavers were reported overdue on a trip into Nettle where it was believed that they had intended to bottom either Beeza or Elizabeth shafts. They were supposed to have reported their exit by 20:00 but nothing had been heard of them by 22:45. Two DCRO members drove to Nettle to see if the overdue party's car was still there. It was so they began a callout from the scene. The next pair of team members to arrive set off for the cave to check the entrance and they met the missing party on the surface as they had just emerged. They were surprised to be "rescued" as they were perfectly all right. It seems that a wire had got crossed somewhere - they thought that they had given an "alert" time as eight a.m. the following morning, not eight p.m. that night...

284: JUG HOLES, MATLOCK
Thursday 20th July 2000
Three Youths from Bonsall were reported overdue on a trip into Jug Holes. They were reported to have entered the Lower Adit with the intention of coming out of the large entrance further up the hill. Two local team members were first on site and they went down the upper entrance quickly finding the missing party about a hundred metres into the system. The youths had become lost about an hour or so after entering the cave and their torches had failed one by one leaving them little choice but to stay put. They were cold but uninjured and they were helped out of the cave after the climb up to the upper entrance had been rigged to assist them. They were poorly equipped for the trip with inadequate lighting and clothing. Only one had a "helmet" - a rather fetching stainless steel kitchen colander with a broken string chin strap! They did not seem to have been put off caving but did agree to go better equipped next time.

283: LEES CROSS QUARRY, STANTON LEES
Tuesday 27th June 2000
A Man had gone missing somewhere on Stanton Moor whilst on his way to a rave in Lees Cross Quarry. An extensive search over a number of days had failed to find any sign of him and DCRO were asked to help by checking out the overgrown ledges and fissures on the face of the quarry itself. Before the search was commenced, "eco-warriors" camped on the moor discovered the body of the man at the foot of the quarry face. The police then amended their request and DCRO were asked to examine the rock face for evidence that the man had, in fact, fallen there. Two team members abseiled down the seventy five feet high face, collecting evidence and taking photographs to assist the police and coroner's investigation into the circumstances of the man's death.

282: SEVEN SISTERS CAVE, DUDLEY
Saturday 2nd April 2000
A Party of six youths was seen to enter the Seven Sisters Cave at Dudley, West Midlands (a disused and quite extensive limestone mine). Only two were seen to come out. The Police and Fire Service were informed and when their initial attempts to call out the Midlands CRO failed the Derbyshire Police were contacted as DCRO was the next nearest CRO. Ten of the Crewe CPC team were mobilised and made their way to the scene arriving about one and a half hours after the initial call to the DCRO Controller. They found Police, Fire Service and Mines Rescue on site and the first few Midlands CRO members were also beginning to arrive. The Mines Rescue had already been in voice contact with some of the youths a little way into the mine and had concluded that they had been drinking or taking drugs. DCRO set up control and then a party of Midlands CRO entered the mine accompanied by a Police Officer. The youths were no longer in evidence and the police, convinced they had left the cave by one of the numerous other entrances, decided that no further searching was warranted.

281: P8 (Jackpot), CASTLETON
Thursday 30th March 2000
A party of six (including two novices) went as far as the first pitch where four of them descended using a ladder and lifeline. They didn't go much further into the cave and when they turned back one of the novices, a 52 year old man, was too exhausted to climb the pitch, even with assistance. Three of the party returned to the surface to get help. The Police called the Fire Service, Ambulance Service and DCRO. The Fire Service attended in force (including the Rope Access Team from Matlock) and the Ambulance Service provided both ground and air ambulances. The Fire Service were first on site and two Firemen went underground using equipment borrowed from the exhausted man's companions. They were followed shortly afterwards by DCRO Team Members. The man was escorted from the cave without undue difficulty and was examined on the surface by paramedics...

280: PINDALE AREA, CASTLETON
Saturday 30th OCTOBER 1999
Police were searching for the missing body of a man they believed to have been murdered at his home in Hope. The suspected murderer knew the area of Bradwell Moor adjacent to the Hope Cement Works intimately and DCRO were asked to investigate certain mine workings, caves and shafts in case the body or other evidence had been dumped in them. A team of twenty assembled to carry out the search and working in two groups the covered Pindale and Dirtlow Rake in detail and also descended a number of shafts elsewhere (including Bird Mine). Nothing of interest to the police was discovered. The missing man's body was subsequently found by police buried in the garden of his home... During the search DCRO were also diverted to help deal with a walker who had suffered a heart attack.

279: BLUE JOHN CAVERN, CASTLETON
Friday 27 AUGUST 1999
Ambulance Paramedics were called to attend an elderly woman tourist who had been taken ill whilst on a show cave tour. They requested DCRO assistance to get her out to the surface and a team of eight was turned out. The woman was on the tourist route close to the Crystallised Cavern and after consultation with the paramedics she was put into a cave rescue stretcher for the journey out. Getting the stretcher up the pothole steps was as tricky as usual but was carried out without incident and she was on the surface about thirty minutes after the team arrived.

278: MIDDLETON BY WIRKSWORTH
12 JULY 1999
Mountain Rescue Teams were helping police search for a missing man whose car had been found abandoned near Middleton by Wirksworth. There was evidence that he had been contemplating suicide... Due to the number of mines and mine shafts in the area DCRO support was requested and a small team as mobilised. Shortly after the first team members arrived on site the mans body was found on surface by a MR team member.

277: LYME PARK, CHESHIRE
Saturday 3 JULY 1999
A man went missing from home after leaving a note suggesting that he might be contemplating suicide. His car was found at the car park at Lyme Park near Disley and a search was commenced. As there were thought to be mine shafts and culverts in the area DCRO were called out in support of Mountain Rescue Teams. A preliminary investigation revealed no open shaft or culverts - and then the man walked into the car park looking for his car...

276: CARLSWARK CAVERN, EYAM
Wednesday 30 JUNE 1999
Two adequately but novice cavers entered the Gin Entrance at about 10:30 and made their way into 'New Carlswark' where they explored various passages. When they tried to make their way out of 'New Carlswark' they were unable to find the entrance into Northwest Passage. They ended up travelling the Big Dig loop four times before wisely deciding that a fifth trip through the canal would serve no useful purpose. They then settled down to wait for help. They were reported missing when they didn't return home and a DCRO controller was contacted by the police by 19:30 (nine hours after the pair had entered the cave). At around 20:30 three small search teams entered the cave, one into the Resurgence Entrance, one down the Gin and one the Eyam Dale Shaft. About fifteen minutes later the missing pair were found by one of the teams, cold, mildly hypothermic and very dehydrated. They were fed and warmed underground and then made their way out of the cave under escort, surfacing from the Gin Entrance shortly after 22:00 - twelve and a half hours after they had gone underground.

275: ASHBOURNE
Monday 21 JUNE 1999
A local lad had left a suicide note and vanished. The Police requested a search of the culverted Henmore Brook under the centre of Ashbourne and a small team assembled and set off for the scene. They were stopped en route as further information from the police was received that the youth had been found alive and well - in bed at home...

274: BAGSHAWE CAVERN BRADWELL
Monday 31 May 1999
Two experienced cavers went to push a passage at the top of Montagu Aven at the end of Windy Passage in the Dungeon Series. One stayed in the chamber at the foot of the aven while the other climbed up. When the climber had reached a height of about forty to fifty feet there was a considerable rock fall below him which blocked about twenty feet of the aven with the foot of the choke jammed at a point about sixteen feet above the aven floor. The man in the aven was unhurt and able to communicate with his companion below. They both spent about half an hour trying to clear the blockage but realised help would be needed. The caver below the choke left the cave and the alarm was raised about 19.05. A large team assembled with an assortment of engineering gear and the first rescuers reached the scene underground at about 21.00. They set up Molephone communications with the surface and also made contact with the trapped man and the choke was inspected. After all other options had been considered and the way out of the bottom of the aven protected from falling rock by a dry stone barrier, one man (Derek Stables) climbed up to a point level with the bottom of the choke and about 22.15 he began work on the jammed boulders with a crowbar. About one nerve-wracking hour and several impressive rumbles later a way through to the trapped man was opened up and he was able to abseil down and join his liberators. He then made his own way out to the surface, arriving there at about 23:30.

273: JAMES HALL (JH) MINE, CASTLETON
23 May 1999
Two experienced cavers were the derigging rearguard on a long trip into the system by over a dozen cavers from the same club. Two of the party waited on the surface for them to surface, having last seen them at the top of the Leviathan pitch where it was known that they had been experiencing some difficulties with a tackle bag. When they had not appeared more than two hours the two on the surface asked for assistance as they were not in a condition to safely go back down the system themselves without a rest and replacement lighting. A DCRO call out was started but as the first team members arrived on scene, the missing cavers were seen by their companions on the entrance pitch. The DCRO members on site provided coffee and helped de-rig and the rest of the team was stood down. The two overdue men had had to retrieve a tackle bag they had dropped down Leviathan and had then dropped their own bag, smashing their spare lights in the process. One of their main lights then failed leaving them with one light between them to move a lot of gear back to the surface. This had taken a long time!

272: ELDON HOLE, PEAK FOREST
Saturday 22 May 1999
A party of cavers reported a sheep stuck on a ledge some way down the sloping upper half of the shaft at its North end. A small team turned out to help them retrieve the animal and bring it to the surface. Team members abseiled down to the animal, caught it trussed it up and then it was hauled uninjured to the surface.

271: P.8. (JACKPOT), CASTLETON
Sunday 14 March 1999
Two experienced cavers were on their way back from the bottom of the cave and had ascended the First Pitch up to the high level belay point. One of the men then tried to traverse back down to stream level in the wrong place and became jammed. He was unable to free himself even with some help from his companion, who when it became obvious further assistance was required, left for the surface. Eighteen team members turned out and contact was quickly made with the man underground. He had eventually managed to de-jam himself and had continued towards the entrance for some distance before finding a dry place to await help as he was very cold and tired. After further rest and warming the man was escorted to the surface.

270: CAVE AT BROOKHOUSE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
4 February 1999
This was a call to assist and advise the South Yorkshire Fire Brigade who had been called to a small cave near Thurcroft where a terrier had gone missing whilst chasing after rabbits. The dog had vanished on Sunday and its owner and others had been digging for it ever since, the operation expanding as the days progressed. The fire service were only called when the local council realised this activity was all taking place on their land. The excavations of an earth bank since Sunday had eventually revealed the entrance to a small cave in the magnesian limestone. This was only about twelve feet long before it became impossibly tight. The dog searchers had used all sorts of listening devices, probes and so forth but had not been able to ascertain whether the dog was alive, or indeed that it was actually in the tiny cave continuation. A small DCRO team turned out and advised that nothing could be done without mining through solid rock. The council officials did not want done but agreed to allow the hole to be left open for a few days to see if the dog would come out on its own. As for as I know it didn't.

269: P.8. (JACKPOT), CASTLETON
Wednesday 9 September 1998
A 48 year old relatively inexperienced female caver had been as far as the First Pitch with an experienced companion. On their way back to the surface they were hit by a flood pulse following a very heavy shower on the surface. They experienced difficulty getting up Idiot's Leap where the woman lost both boots in the process. They managed to get as far as the chamber just before the entrance but the woman's companion judged that she was beginning to suffer from hypothermia and was too exhausted to manage the entrance climb which was still somewhat "aqueous". A surface companion went for help and fifteen DCRO team members attended. The entrance was rigged with polythene to contain the swollen stream and keep part of the shaft clear and after she had been revived in the cave with hot drinks and food she was escorted to the entrance and hauled to the surface.

268: BLUE JOHN MINE, CASTLETON
Sunday 2 August 1998
A 70 year old female tourist was taken ill about halfway down the tourist section of the cave with a suspected heart attack. A small team was called out to support ambulance service paramedics already at the scene. The woman was put into a stretcher and evacuated to the surface without undue difficulty.

267: ODIN MINE, CASTLETON
Sunday 8 March 1998
Two cavers were reported overdue on a trip into Odin Mine. The first DCRO member to arrive at the scene made contact with the missing men as they were coming out of the mine entrance and the rest of the team were therefore stood down. The men had not been in trouble but the trip had taken rather longer than they had anticipated that it would.