Call Out 403: Calf down Shaft near castleton

A local farmer noticed he was missing a few day old calf. A search around failed to locate it and the mother didn’t seem to know where it was either. Soon after the mother cow managed to locate her calf down a shaft and was considering a solo rescue attempt with no equipment…….The mother cow was gently but firmly removed from the area for her own safety and the team called out to help rescue her baby. The team of cave rescue volunteers quickly assembled on site along with specialist cave rescue equipment. The shaft was rigged and descended by a team member, who checked the calf over and readied it to be hauled up by the waiting surface team. The calf appeared well and was named Henry after one of the rescuers. He was taken back to the farm to be reunited with his worried mother. All at DCRO hope Henry quickly recovers from his ordeal and whilst we usually encourage the young to enjoy outdoor pursuits we hope Henry resists the urge for further subterranean adventures!


Late Friday afternoon the team were called out to look for a missing dog. On a walk that morning the dog had entered a mine level and not come out. Unfortunately team members found the dog deceased within the mine and returned his body to his owners. We would like to send our sincere condolences to his family.

Call Out 401: Alderly Edge

CALL OUT. The team were called out today by Cheshire Police to support a surface search by Cheshire Search and Rescue by checking all the mines at Alderley Edge, Cheshire. In all, we visited well over 30 mines, shafts, adits and other entrance. DCRO is fortunate to have several members of Derbyshire Caving Club (DCC) amongst our members. DCC maintain and secure access to the Alderley Edge mines on behalf of the landowners (mostly National Trust) and their in-depth knowledge and pre-planning was key to the smooth running of this incident response.

Callout 400 – Giants Hole

Callout 400 – 24th February 2019 Having spent the day on a training exercise near Cromford the team were called out by Derbyshire Police just as they were packing up. Concerns had been raised for three men seen entering Giants hole, Castleton. One team member set off for the cave to investigate whilst the some of the others took the team vehicle back to base and repacked it ready for a possible shout. The team member at Giants found the cavers in good physical condition – not cold or tired – but it was felt they would benefit from some assistance to climb the pitch. A full team call-out was avoided as those still at base attended with the DCRO Vehicle. A small team went into Giants, rigged a ladder and lifetime to assist the men up the pitch. All then came out under their own steam.

Call Out 399: Carlswark Cavern

CALLOUT 399: Yesterday afternoon DCRO was called out to assist a caver who had dislocated his shoulder whilst caving in Stoney Middleton. The team were assisted by medics from EMAS who administered pain relief and relocated the shoulder. DCRO volunteers were then able to haul the casualty and all those still underground back to the snowy surface. Thanks to EMAS for the assistance – and apologises we returned them much muddier than when they started! Also thanks to the Vicar of Eyam who called by and provided hot drinks and biscuits! We wish the casualty a speedy recovery!  

Call Out 398: Blue John Cavern

Whilst we had a large contingent of Team members deployed on a training exercise in the nearby Peak Cavern a real shout came in before a comms network had been set-up using our specialist underground radios, making a large part of the team hard to contact! Luckily we already have a joint tasking system in place with our Mountain Rescue Colleagues and it was a joint call out with Edale Mountain Rescue Team and Buxton Mountain Rescue Team  assisting East Midlands ambulance service so we had sufficient personnel available on the surface. The Blue John show cave visitor who had broken her ankle was brought back up the 250+ steps of the cavern and taken to hospital – we wish her a speedy recovery.

Call Out 397: Higger Tor

We were called to assist our colleagues in extricating a casualty from between rocks at Higger Tor, near Sheffield earlier today. while we were still on route to the incident with our specialist rock moving equipment  Edale Mountain Rescue Team and Buxton Mountain Rescue Team colleagues managed to free the trapped limb.

396: JH – Peak Cavern

We were called shortly before 20:30 yesterday evening (28th July) due to a party of 5 on a JH to Peak Cavern through trip who had not surfaced by their arranged call out time. 8 minutes after our team members had set off the party safely surfaced and the team was stood down at 20:37 The group experienced a significant delay on their trip due to a minor equipment issue The trip from James Hall Over Engine Mine through to Peak Cavern is one of Derbyshires Finest, we hope they enjoyed it despite the difficulties they encountered