Mendip Cave Rescue wardens rely on other cavers to volunteer and assist during rescues and other incidents. As such, we maintain a call-out list of those cavers who are happy to help out when required. If you would like to be included on this list, please either download and fill in the MCR Contact Details form or the complete the on-line form below.
MCR Call Out List
On Saturday 5th March, Mendip Cave Rescue received a report from the police at 15:43 that there was a caver physically stuck in GB cave. Five MCR wardens were already at the MCR store following a rescue practice with Southern CHECC, so were able to respond rapidly. Whilst the wardens were travelling to the cave, a further report was received at 16:01 that the stuck caver had been freed and the party had surfaced, and the wardens were stood down.
MCR wardens received a callout from the emergency services via SARCALL system at 01:52 on Thursday 11th February 2016 that a caver was believed to have fallen down a shaft and had sustained injuries. Whilst the MCR wardens were being mobilised, there was some confusion about the location of the casualty but this was clarified by a subsequent SARCALL message that the caver has fallen down the "twenty", a short pitch in Swildons Hole, Priddy.
An initial party of four MCR personnel went underground at 03:00, carrying a "first strike kit" with the purpose of locating and attending to the injured caver. Further information came to the surface that necessitated further cavers going underground with more equipment. It was confirmed that a 27 year old male caver had fallen down the "twenty" and although initial rumours that he had broken his leg was unfounded, he was found to have a probable broken arm. First aid was administered by an MCR medic, and after appropriate treatment, the injured caver was brought to the surface and placed in an ambulance at 05:18.
MCR were assisted throughout this operation by members of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue service, Avon & Somerset Police and South Western Ambulance service.