Our volunteers responded to our first shout of 2021 on Sunday assisting Cheshire Police and Cheshire Search and Rescue with a missing persons search in Crewe. A team of 6 deployed to conduct a thorough search in a network of culverted waterways and drainage tunnels around 1KM long, completing a search of a connecting lake and river system that had be undertaken by police divers
We were called at 6:20am to assist extracting an injured person from a mine near Matlock Bath. The casualty had had a fall and had injured her shoulder, arm and head. Working with the East Midlands Ambulance Service Hazardous area rescue team she was made more comfortable and placed on a stretcher ready to be evacuated from the mine. Due to the constricted nature of the mine entrance DCRO did a bit of engineering work to make the extraction easier. Once safely out of the mine she was handed over to a waiting ambulance. We wish her a speedy recovery!Thanks to East Midlands Ambulance Service and the HART team – always nice to work with other teams! Also thanks to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service – their well equipped rescue unit was on scene and ready to help should they be needed.
CALL OUT: Giants HoleWe were called around 10PM, 8th December, by Buxton Mountain Rescue Team asking us to take over a shout they had started to respond to.Initial information indicated a group was in need of assistance near to Giants Hole but it soon became clear after they talked to the informant that a party of 4 were trapped below Garlands Pot, one member probably suffering from extreme hypothermia. When we arrived on scene a small team from BMRT had managed to pass some equipment down to the stranded party, including a CasBag so they could start self treatment. Our volunteers then took over the underground side of the rescue with BMRT kindly managing the surface side – including the welfare of the caving party already outside the cave on quite a cold, wet, windy night. Our team members, including a team doctor quickly descended a very wet Garland Pot to access and treat the trapped party while setting up a hauling system to bring them safely to the top of the pitch and assist them outAll casualties and cavers were back on the wet and windy surface by 1am where team medics from both BMRT and DCRO handed them into the care of EMAS Ambulance and Hart Team. All team members were heading back to the comfort of their beds by 2am
We were tasked on Sunday with providing support to Kinder Mountain Rescue Team with an incident involving a Vulnerable Person that had been seen entering a mine entrance. A small number of team members were deployed along with equipment that may have been useful while a second remote contingent gathered information on the mine should it be needed.
The team were contacted by a couple of local cavers who had themselves been contacted by a farmer friend. The farmer was missing a week old calf, but had acquired a newly collapsed mine shaft in his field……..Four team members attended and set up equipment so the shaft could be safely descended, and also hauling equipment in case it was needed.The calf was located fit and well at the bottom of the shaft. She was manhandled up a rubble slope and then persuaded into a builders bag for the trip up the vertical shaft. Once freed she ran off happily to re-join her mother, none the worse for her adventure underground!Thanks to the local cavers who assisted DCRO and also the farmer and his friend for their help, and the post rescue brews and biscuits. Much appreciated by all!
25th JulyShortly after midnight last night the team’s duty controller received a call from Derbyshire Constabulary with the information two experienced cavers were overdue on a trip into Titan, near Castleton. The first team member on scene found the pair safe and well at the bottom of the entrance shaft. Unfortunately as a separate party of cavers had derigged their rope earlier in the day it had unknowingly snagged the pairs rope and left it 30 metres up the 45 metre shaft! Definitely out of reach!Once our team member had freed the rope the two made their way out under their own steam and were in good spirits after their 5 hour trip accidentally turned in to a 12 hour one!DCRO are always happy to help, whatever time of night – as you can see from the photo of a happy team member!
We were asked to assist Buxton Mountain Rescue team with a difficult extraction of a casualty by providing scene lighting to enable them to operate safely on difficult terrain.
Sunday the 28th JuneDerbyshire Cave Rescue had a sense of deju-vu today when we were called out to two people who had become stuck whilst trying to descend from Thor’s cave. This was remarkably similar to our callout of the 30th May and in both cases our team of volunteers were pleased they could assist with a positive outcome for both those trapped. Once again the team was happy to work alongside Derby Mountain Rescue Team, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue , the police, ambulance personnel and a HART paramedics team.
Tuesday 23rd JuneThe team were called out by Derbyshire Police to a cave in the Castleton area. It was reported an injured person was unable to exit the cave on their own.Our team of volunteers quickly mobilised and got underground to safely assess the casualty. Despite taking a nasty fall she had only sustained minor injuries, and once hauled up a pitch by DCRO was able to make her way out with some assistance. This was the first underground rescue using the new COVID-19 PPE protocols
We were asked to support our colleagues in Edale Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday in freeing a stuck climber, adding our engineering experience and equipment to the mix so we could quickly enact EdaleMRTs ‘Plan B’. With our team members and equipment mere minutes away Edale team members succeeded with ‘Plan A’ and our volunteers were stood down.