Mendip Cave Rescue
Mendip Cave Rescue will be running a Cavers Quiz Night at the Hunters Lodge Inn, Priddy on Saturday 11th January 2020, starting at 19:30. All questions will be (vaguely) caving related, and entries are welcomed from teams of up to six people per team, with a cost of £1 per team member. Any proceeds from the evening will go to MCR.
MCR Quiz Night, 11th January 2020 at the Hunters Lodge Inn
Alan Gray, the Secretary of Mendip Cave Registry and Archive, has been collating reports of all caving rescue and incidents located in the Mendip Cave Rescue region, from early reports of an incident in Pen Park Hole in 1669 through to the current day. All these reports, plus newspaper articles and extracts from log books, have been compiled into a book giving a thorough history of the cave rescue incidents that have taken place over the last 350 years, along with some information about how cave rescue equipment has evolved over the years. All of Alan's hard work has resulted in a 750+ page PDF book, that is available as a free download from the MCRA website.
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.
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