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.
The team was called out to an incident at Thor’s cave in the Manifold Valley.A couple had attempted to descend from Thor’s cave to the river however having got some way down they realised their path was too steep and loose to descend but also too tricky to return up. A team of 8 cave rescue volunteers attended along with Derby Mountain Rescue Team and used ropes and harnesses to lower both people down to the path. Also in attendance were Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and a Hazardous area response team. Fun Fact: Thors Cave features as the cover artwork of The Verves’ first album
The team were called at 3pm to an incident involving 5 dogs who had descended a 5 metre deep mine shaft without the proper equipment to get themselves back to the surface. A small team responded along with our Team Vet to assess the situation, using our specialist rescue equipment we were able to safely access the old mine shaft and swiftly return all 5 dogs to their owners
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.