Mendip Cave Rescue
As previously agreed, MCR meetings are held every three months, on the first Tuesday of the month at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00. The next meeting is to be held on the 5th December. All are welcome to attend these open meetings.
Hidden Earth is the UK's annual caving conference, and Hidden Earth 2017 will be held at Churchill Academy near Bristol over the weekend of 29th September through to 1st October. As it is being held in our backyard, Mendip Cave Rescue will have a stand in the main hall, so please feel free to drop by and say hello. Over the course of the weekend, we will be auctioning an original Robin Gray oil pastel artwork titled "Rift Pitch", which has been generously donated to help raise funds for the MCR.
A MCR training event was held on Monks Park mine on Saturday 16th September 2017. The training scenario involved having an overdue party lost in the mine, which included one person who had suffered multiple injuries requiring the use of a stretcher to extricate them and one person who had suffered minor injuries and was able to walk out when assisted by rescue team members. This rescue practice also included the successful use of the Cave Link underground communication system, demonstrating that this underground communication system works well in these stone mines when a good earth connection is found (or created using a bucket of water to damp the terminals!). During the course of the rescue scenario, a SARCALL log was created and the surface control team ensured that this was regularly updated. Some more photographs from this rescue practice can be found on our Facebook page. Our thanks to all at Hansons, and in particular the mine manager Gary Sales, for allowing us to use the mine for this training scenario.
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