On Sunday 2nd July 2017 Mendip Cave Rescue were contacted by Corsham Fire & Rescue to assist with an incident in Box stone mine. A group of three explorers had entered the mines via the Back Door entrance and made their way through the system to Jacks entrance, where their exit was blocked by a large gate recently installed by the landowners. They were unable to retrace their steps, but instead were able to get mobile phone reception through the bars of the gate and ask for assistance. Mendip Cave Rescue have a small team of experienced local cavers who were called to the scene and they were able to enter the mine via a nearby obscure entrance and escort the three explorers to safety.
On Sunday 20th November, Mendip Cave Rescue received a report from the police at 18:37 that a male caver had sustained ankle injuries in Swildons Hole, Priddy and was unable to exit the cave. A group of MCR wardens collected some first aid and hauling equipment from the MCR store and made their way to the entrance, and located the casualty just below the '20', a short ladder pitch in the entrance series of the cave. First aid was administered, and the casualty was assisted out of the cave and across the fields to his waiting transport. After a successful rescue, the wardens were stood down at 21:28 and returned all the equipment to the MCR store.
On Tuesday 26th July, Mendip Cave Rescue received a report from the police at 11:58 that a visitor had fallen and sustained injuries in Gough's Cave, a show cave in Cheddar Gorge. A small group of MCR wardens collected some equipment from the MCR store and made their way to the entrance, where a further report was received that the injured person had been stretchered out of the cave by members of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue service. The wardens were then stood down at 13:07 and returned to the MCR store.
On Saturday 5th March, Mendip Cave Rescue received a report from the police at 15:43 that there was a caver physically stuck in GB cave. Five MCR wardens were already at the MCR store following a rescue practice with Southern CHECC, so were able to respond rapidly. Whilst the wardens were travelling to the cave, a further report was received at 16:01 that the stuck caver had been freed and the party had surfaced, and the wardens were stood down.
MCR wardens received a callout from the emergency services via SARCALL system at 01:52 on Thursday 11th February 2016 that a caver was believed to have fallen down a shaft and had sustained injuries. Whilst the MCR wardens were being mobilised, there was some confusion about the location of the casualty but this was clarified by a subsequent SARCALL message that the caver has fallen down the "twenty", a short pitch in Swildons Hole, Priddy.
An initial party of four MCR personnel went underground at 03:00, carrying a "first strike kit" with the purpose of locating and attending to the injured caver. Further information came to the surface that necessitated further cavers going underground with more equipment. It was confirmed that a 27 year old male caver had fallen down the "twenty" and although initial rumours that he had broken his leg was unfounded, he was found to have a probable broken arm. First aid was administered by an MCR medic, and after appropriate treatment, the injured caver was brought to the surface and placed in an ambulance at 05:18.
MCR were assisted throughout this operation by members of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue service, Avon & Somerset Police and South Western Ambulance service.
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