Mendip Cave Rescue
Over the May Bank Holiday (from Friday 4th through to Monday 7th May 2018) weekend there will be a Mendip CaveFest taking place in Priddy, a free event that will see a number of visiting cavers enjoying the variety of caving that is on offer in the Mendips, along with a number of talks and demonstrations covering caving techniques.
On the evening of Saturday 5th May, there will be a 'cavers stomp' in Priddy Village Hall with the bar and food for the evening arranged by Mendip Cave Rescue wardens and entertainment provided by DJ Basher. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to MCR funds.
Then on Sunday 6th May Mendip Cave Rescue will be running a series of cave rescue workshops, suitable for anyone who is interested in finding out a little more about the challenges, equipment and techniques used when rescuing an injured caver.
The next MCR General Meeting will be held at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy at 20:00 on Saturday 17th March 2018. All are welcome to come along to the meeting, which will briefly review the events and callouts since the previous General Meeting in 2017 and appoint officers for the coming period.
A rescue practice to be held in Goatchurch Cavern is to be held on Sunday 28th January 2018. Meet at the carpark by the toilets ready to go underground at 14:00. This training event is open to all cavers, and will concentrate on stretcher packaging and hauling, with an additional communications element (depending on numbers).
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.
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