375: GIANTS HOLE, CASTLETON

Wednesday 20 May 2015 A caver had an uncontrolled abseil down Garlands Pot and sustained chest injuries. Once hauled up the pitch he was able to make his way slowly to the surface with assistance. This was rescue number 40 from Giants Hole. Spookily, the time of call out (21:03) was exactly the same as the last call to Garlands Pot in February.

373: BEANS & BACON MINE, BONSALL MOOR, MATLOCK

Tuesday 16 September 2014 A young cow had fallen into the entrance workings of the mine. It was uninjured but hauling it out the way it had fallen in would have been very difficult. Fortunately an adit entrance was found lower down the hill which led, after thirty metres or so, to where the cow was trapped. The passage was enlarged and cleared of obstacles and the cow was then able to make its own way out to the surface.

372: CRITCHLOW CAVE, LATHKILL DALE, MONYASH

Saturday 6 September 2014 Some walkers reported that their dog had entered a cave and had not emerged. DCRO were called out to join Derbyshire Fire and Rescue personnel who were in attendance. The cave turned out to be Critchlow and the entrance was found to have become very constricted due to silting and the activities of foxes. There was no initial sign or sound of the missing dog. After about an hour’s unpleasant digging the dog could be heard somewhere ahead but another five hours work was required before it could be reached and rescued from a point about fifteen metres from the entrance.

371: ABER LAS SLATE MINE, LLANGOLLEN, NORTH WALES

Saturday 23 August 2014 Two members of the DCRO Diving Team with DCRO equipment travelled to North Wales at the request of NWCRO to help with an incident where a diver had become overwhelmed by bad air or gas in a chamber at the far end of a 300 metre long sump. Divers and equipment also attended from the Yorkshire Dales. The diver was confirmed deceased and his body and equipment were recovered back through the sump during a number of dives.

370: ROWTER HOLE, CASTLETON

Thursday 26 June 2014 Due to a misunderstanding over timings a party of three experienced cavers were reported overdue and DCRO was alerted to investigate. The team was stood down before any team members arrived on site as the “overdue” cavers had surfaced safely.

369: TITAN, CASTLETON

Saturday 7 June 2014 A party of three cavers were reported overdue. A small team was mobilised to investigate and contact was made with the party at the foot of the shaft from the Breakthrough Window. One of the DCRO team descended to the Event Horizon from where communications were better and learned that all the party were well although very tired and that the trip had taken much longer than anticipated. They made their own way out to the surface with some help and support.

368: GENTLEWOMAN’S SHAFT, MATLOCK

Saturday 10 May 2014 A party of four cavers descended Gentlewoman’s Shaft intended to do a through trip to exit via Youds Level in Matlock Bath. They were unable to find the correct route and returned to the shaft. Unfortunately they did not have the right kit with them to climb back to the surface and so they were marooned. A DCRO team of 25 attended when the party were reported overdue. Initially it was considered safest to guide the party to exit via Youds Level as they had originally intended but some of the escorted cavers encountered difficulties on the climbs and so a return was made to Gentlewoman’s shaft. Here, after some time was spent clearing vegetation and safely rigging the shaft, the marooned cavers were hauled out to the surface.

367: ROWTER HOLE, CASTLETON

Sunday 4 May 2014 An alert was raised when a solo caver was reported overdue. A small initial team attended and made contact with a party of cavers who were in the entrance shaft. They reported that they had heard the overdue caver calling for help and had gone to rescue her from the difficulties she was in on a climb deeper into the mine. The DCRO team then stood by until the she had made her own way safely to the surface.