Mendip Cave Rescue
As agreed at the last MCR meeting, the next MCR meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of December, the 10th at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00. All are welcome to attend these open meetings.
Mendip Cave Rescue were called by Avon and Somerset Police via SARCALL at 11:38 on 19th September 2019 to assist Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue with a search on Ebbor Gorge for a high risk missing person whose car had been found at the Eboor Gorge car park. Ebbor gorge contains a number of small, short caves where it would be possible to be out of sight of a surface search, so MCR were tasked with searching the underground sites within the gorge. Three MCR wardens plus a local expert met at the gorge at 12:20 and systematically searched all the viable underground sites without finding the missing person, and so closed the underground search at 17:02.
Note that Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue resumed the surface search of Ebbor Gorge on a second day, and unfortunately located the body of the missing person. Mendip Cave Rescue sends our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Mendip Cave Rescue are organising an evening rescue practice at Wookey Hole on Tuesday 1st October 2019. The rescue practice will concentrate on rigging aspects for a rescue, and as such participants will require SRT equipment if they wish to be involved with any rope aspects of the session. Clean oversuits are also required. All are welcome to attend this rescue practice - please meet at the Wookey Hole car park at 19:00.
Mendip Cave Rescue were called by Avon and Somerset Police via SARCALL at 12:20 on 21st August 2019 for an incident in Wookey Hole Caves in Wookey Hole. A female visitor in her mid 30s, had slipped and fallen during the show cave tour and landed on hip/shoulders and was complaining of neck pain. She couldn’t move and was feeling very cold in chamber 2 of the showcave. South Western Ambulance Service and HART were also called, although the HART team were stood down when MCR arrived. 4 wardens attended along with ambulance service and stabilised the casualty before transferring her to a stretcher and carrying to the entrance and handing over to the ambulance service. The incident was closed at 13:47 with the casualty safely in an ambulance.
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