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 – 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.
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!
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.
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.
We we’re alerted to an overdue party as they had not contacted their call out by the agreed time. whilst making preparation to dispatch local team members the party checked in, having made slower than expected progress.
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
Just after 12:30 the team were called to assist a casualty with a dislocated shoulder beyond the old show cave section in Bagshawe Cavern, Bradwell. The group were on a professionally led trip as part of a stag do activities weekend and were well prepared with the correct kit and survival equipment, on our arrival a team managed to doctor re-locate the joint and team members then assisted the casualty to the surface. Just two hours after been called out our volunteer team members and the casualty were back welcomed back into the warm Derbyshire sun, thanks in part to the casualty’s caving speed once the joint was back in place – great work for his first caving trip! We hope he enjoys the rest of his friend’s stag do weekend…..
As part of the response by the British cave Rescue Council regarding the current incident in Thailand, involving 13 trapped persons DCRO have been very busy today. We have tested and packed 4 Heyphones – a specialist cave radio system that can transmit hundreds of meters through solid rock along with Diving equipment that has been relayed by the Police to join a BCRC team of three British cave divers who will be flying out to Thailand very soon in support of the Thai Government. We wish them the best of luck and hope for a successful outcome Photo credit: Pete Dell
A caving instructor came across a group at the foot of Garlands Pot who had lowered themselves down the pitch, but had no safe means of re-ascending. Advising the group to wait for assistance, the instructor left the cave and called the DCRO Duty Controller, who instigated a team callout. When DCRO members arrived, however, the group had managed to climb out of the pitch and had all exited from the cave.