Three cavers (m,22; f,21; m,21) were reported overdue on a Peterson Pot to Pippikin Pot through trip (with Mistral Hole as an alternative early exit, if short of time). Having sent a PhoneFind text and confirmed that their car was at Bull Pot Farm, the Duty Controller organised a rapid surface search, in case the party had exited and was lost on the wild and wet way back to Bull Pot Farm. Then followed small, underground search groups with CaveLink sets to communicate with members on the surface. Just after midnight the group which had gone into Mistral Hole reported finding the overdue party ‘safe and well’. They appear to have got lost in the Hall of Ten area and were escorted out, via Mistral Hole, then across the fell to Bull Pot Farm. Other team members also returned.
Our thanks to Red Rose C&PC for the use of their farmhouse as a base, to the underground members of UWFRA who were stood down while en route to assist and to members of our ‘cavers’ list’ who had been on stand-by in case the incident developed into a serious rescue.
Volunteer hours: 126 (CRO members only)