389: Castleton

Friday 11 August 2017 DCRO were called to assist Buxton and Edale MRTs who were searching for a suicidal male. A small but highly motivated team of well-equipped and experienced voluntary cave rescuers checked various mine and cave entrances in the Castleton area for signs of entry. The potential casualty was subsequently found in Sheffield alive and well.


Wednesday 31 May 2017 DCRO were asked by the police to investigate a 50 metre deep shaft down which it was suspected a cow had fallen. A small team attended and prepared the shaft for a descent. A gas monitor was first lowered down the shaft and it recorded low oxygen levels and also concentrations of carbon monoxide. Consequently it was deemed that a descent would be too hazardous. Blood on the rope that had been used to lower the monitor strongly indicated that the cow had indeed fallen down the shaft and due to its depth it was concluded that the fall must have been fatal.


Saturday 29 April 2017 A novice caver on a trip in the Main Streamway downstream of Surprise View dislocated his shoulder negotiating a constriction beneath a boulder. A team of about thirty were involved in attending and treating the injured man and then assisting him out to the surface in an operation which took five hours.


Saturday/Sunday 15/16 April 2017 Three cavers, two men and a woman from Matlock and Huddersfield, had gone underground about 10:30am and the police were contacted when they had not resurfaced by late afternoon. Two of the overdue party, a 70 year old man and a 26 year old woman were found quite quickly and were escorted safely from the cave unharmed. They had lost contact with the third member of the party, a very experienced local caver in his sixties, at about 11:30am when he had left them to explore another part of the system. Jugholes is a very complex maze of passages on more than one level and it was not until 3:00am on Sunday morning that he was found safe but hungry and conducted out to the surface. A search of the area around the cave entrance had also been carried out by team members during the night aided by a mountain rescue search dog in case the missing man had surfaced and become lost on the hillside in the dark.


Saturday/Sunday 22/23 October 2016 The team were called out at 4:30pm to reports of a caver (m) who had been hit by a falling rock whilst climbing the 80m deep Leviathan pitch in JH, near Castleton. He had suffered head injuries but impressively he was able to complete the climb to the top of the pitch under his own steam. His companion continued to the surface to call DCRO. When the team arrived first aid was administered, the casualty was wrapped against the cold and put in a stretcher. The team then lowered him down the remaining pitches and through boulder constrictions. Here a further team of twenty volunteers supported by Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics were waiting to take him out to the surface along over a kilometre of partly flooded cave and mine passages. The surface was reached after an 8 hour rescue involving over 50 cavers.