Early on Sunday 12th we were asked to assist the Cave Rescue Organisation with an on going search in the Yorkshire Dales for a group of cavers missing on a through trip the day before. Due to the nature of the cave in question several of our ‘smaller’ volunteers were dispatched to assist. CRO had already been searching through the night but this had to be abandoned due to the amount of water around 5AM, Searching resumed a few hours later The missing cavers were found and brought safely back to the surface.
Companions of 2 cavers on a ‘Down and Up’ Titan trip became concerned when they didn’t meet their agreed call out time. Team members were called out at 19:55 Saturday 14th December , the first members underground found two cavers sheltering at the foot of the Titan shaft, where one caver, suffering from cold, tiredness and feeling ill could not negotiate the large pitch due to excessive water. His companion chose to wait with him and once DCRO members arrived was able to prussic out under his own steam, accompanied by a team member. The casualty was placed in a portable shelter and treated by our team doctor whilst simultaneously a haul system was been set up to transfer the stranded caver to the surface consisting of a UK record breaking single haul the full height of the Titan Shaft to the breakthrough window – 128 meters followed by the 46 meters entrance shaft. The casualty reached the surface at 1:30 am Sunday morning. All our team members then exited the cave packed up our equipment packed and began heading home by 3:00 am We would like to add a note of thanks to the cavers companions for sticking around on a stormy night providing any logistical support we may have needed until sufficient team members arrived ( later returning with Biscuits! ) and Tony Seddon who offered us access to any equipment we may have needed from the Starless River mobile caving shop
A group were reported overdue after not returning to the surface by the agreed call out time. The team were put on standby while a team member made his way to the entrance to check details.The cavers were making there way out when the the team member arrived and the team were stood down.
We were called out to an overdue party at P8, near Castleton. A team leader had checked the cavers cars were present but they had not surfaced so the team were mobilised using SARCall. Around 10 minutes later the overdue cavers reached the surface and the team were stood down.
The team were tasked to search some areas of interest in a missing persons search near Chester. Due to the close proximity of the search area to our operational border with North Wales Cave Rescue, a joint group of volunteers from both teams attended alongside Cheshire Lowland Rescue, The Police and the Fire Service.
A small number of DCRO team members were called out to assist Derbyshire police with a search. As you can see from the photo we are always happy to help!Also on scene was a member of Peak District Mines Historical Society with expert local knowledge – thanks for the help!
This afternoon the team were requested to assist Edale Mountain Rescue Team with the extraction of a trapped ‘weaseller’ on Higgar Tor. The young person had got their knee well and truly stuck whilst exploring the cracks and crevices between the rocks. Whilst some team members headed to base to load the specialist engineering kit on to the team vehicle, others headed straight for Higgar Tor to assist. Mountain and cave rescue team members worked together to hammer, chisel and wriggle the casualty free.Once stretchered back to the road the casualty happily went on his way – none the worse for his experience. A great example of teamwork between Mountain and Cave rescue.
Around 09:00pm a lady injured her ankle whilst walking through West Mine at Alderley edge on an organised trip. The exit involved multiple short ladder climbs which she could not manage with the ankle injury. various emergency services attended including Fire Service and Ambulance Service. The casualty was brought safely to the surface around 1am
We were called to assist a casualty with an arm injury, shortly after mobilising the team we received news the casualty had managed to make their own way out, our assistance no longer needed and the team stood down.
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!