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/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 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.