INCIDENT 12/2020 – Feb. 29th. Sat. 19.50hrs – Alum Pot, Selside – Cave Incident

A group of 15 cavers were reported as not having got in touch with their contact by the pre-arranged time of 19.00 hours. The group consisting of one experienced caver, 2 amateurs and 12 first timers had entered the Alum Pot cave system at 11.30, planning only to go as far as the Bridge. A local CRO team member checked for the groups minibus at the usual parking place but…

INCIDENT 9/2020 – Feb. 14th. Fri. 00.37hrs – Ease Gill system, Casterton, Cumbria – Cave Incident

Concern was expressed for four cavers, overdue between Lancaster Hole and Wretched Rabbit, in the Ease Gill system. However, realising that there was a risk of causing an un-necessary call-out, the cavers split up at Stop Pot, with the faster two hurrying back to Bull Pot Farm. Unfortunately, they missed their way and were late back. When contacted by a CRO controller, the two at Bull Pot Farm reported the…

INCIDENT 101/2019 – Dec. 19th. Thu. 00.06hrs – The Gaping Gill System, Clapham – Cave Incident

A group of nine cavers went in to Gaping Gill by various routes, meeting up in the Main Chamber.  After all the others were out safely, via Bar Pot, two (m, 22; m, 22) were reported overdue. They had tried to exit via Corky’s Pot, but realised that water levels had risen, so retreated to Bar Pot, which had been de-rigged. One CRO team set off into Corky’s Pot, but…

INCIDENT 35/2019 – May 12th. Sun. 20.23hrs – Simpson’s Pot, Kingsdale, North Yorkshire – Cave Incident

Four cavers were reported to be overdue from a trip through a pothole called Simpson’s Pot. This trip involves the descent the cave by abseiling down drops (pitches), pulling the rope down after each pitch and exiting the cave a lower level – Valley Entrance. Investigation by the CRO Duty Controller found that the missing cavers had been underground for over eight hours and were some three hours beyond their…