Mendip Cave Rescue
Last year, a long-standing Mendip Caving Group and Bracknell & District Caving Club member Biff Frith passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Biff was an enthusiastic and talented Mendip cave digger, and a number of Mendip entrances bear testament to his skill in engineering passageways through areas of slightly dubious stability. During an evening celebrating Biffs life, a number of caving related books from his collection were auctioned off, and the proceeds of £311 have very generously been donated to Mendip Cave Rescue, for which we are very grateful.
A surface rescue practice evening is to be held with a search around the Longwood Valley / Velvet Bottom area, to include the use of the surface radios, is to be held on Thursday 26th July 2018. Meet at the Black Rock car park at 19:30. This training event is open to all cavers.
Mendip Cave Rescue were called by Avon and Somerset Police at 11:58 on Sunday 29th April 2018 for an incident in Sidcot Swallet in Burrington Combe. A party of three had entered and explored the cave and one of them became unable to climb out of the Lobster Pot on the return journey. After several attempts at extricating himself, the two other cavers left the cave and called the Police for assistance. Mendip Cave Rescue attended, with two Wardens entering the cave and providing an extra “foothold” so he could climb the Pot. Mendip Cave Rescue were supported by Avon Fire and Rescue and South West Ambulance HART team, and the incident was closed at 13:18 with everyone safely back on the surface.
Mendip Cave Rescue are once again providing 24 hour first aid cover for the Priddy Folk Festival, where suitably qualified first aiders will be on hand to treat festival goers at any time of the day (or night). This year the festival runs from Friday 6th July through to Sunday 8th July and is held at various locations around the village of Priddy. The MCR first aid tent will be located on the village green, so please drop by and say hello!
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