Nov 27th Sun. 18.01 – Lancaster Hole, Easegill, Cumbria – Alert only.

A caver (m) was reported overdue by his wife, having been expected home before nightfall. Whilst enquiries were being made, and Cumbria Police were talking again to the caller, the caver returned home. Other than conducting initial inquiries, no other action was taken by the duty controller. Volunteer hours: 30 minutes TwitterPrintFacebookemailLinkedinStumbleUpon

Oct. 20th Thu. 17.31 – Sulber area, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Alert only.

Two walkers (m, f) reported themselves lost, between Ingleborough and Horton in Ribblesdale. Although describing themselves as appropriately equipped and well-provisioned, they had no torch and believed they would not reach Horton before it got dark. Unfortunately, although their phone was on a network claiming ‘99% UK coverage’, it was not possible to call or text them nor could their location be ascertained by ‘SARloc’. As they did not appear…

Oct. 11th Tue. 20.28 – Ireby Fell Cavern, Ireby Fell, Lancashire – Alert only.

Two cavers (m) were reported overdue from a trip to Ireby Fell Cavern, understood to have begun at 1100. As initial inquiries were being made, the whole team were placed on standby, and a team member sent to check whether their car was at the expected parking point. As the team member arrived, he found the two cavers just changing out of caving gear. They had started their trip later…

Oct. 4th Tue. 23.32 – Crystal Cave, Barbondale, Cumbria – Alert only.

Two cavers (m, 49; m, 29) were reported overdue from an evening excursion into Crystal Cave. As the call was received only a half hour after their intended exit time and parts of the cave are tight and tortuous, the CRO Duty Controller decided to wait a while. He also asked Cumbria Police to check for parked cars. Before this could be done, the original caller was in touch again…