North Wales Cave Rescue

Incident List

This page contains details of past NWCRO incidents and will be updated as required.

Wednesday 15th August 2018

22.45, 4.15 hours. NWCRO called out to investigate a possible overdue party from Croesor-Rhosydd. 2 Controllers attended with AMRT and full-team was put on stand-by. Group was subsequently confirmed as no longer being underground.

Saturday 16th June 2018

08.23, 3.5 hours. NWCRO called out to investigate report of a horse in a shaft. Investigation found that the shaft could not safely descended and that recovery was not possible. 4 team members attended.

Wednesday 14th March 2018

16.48, 4 hours. NWCRO called out by NEWSAR to investigate possibility that a dog had fallen down a mineshaft at Penycae. Shaft was descended by a Controller but there was no sign of the dog. 5 team members attended.

Friday 10th November 2017

14.00, 2.5 hours. NWCRO called regarding a missing dog at Loggerheads County Park. Dog was safely recovered uninjured from Leete Cave. Attended by 3 team members.

Sunday 6th August 2017

NWCRO called to assist NEWSAR with a dog that had fallen down an open slate quarry chamber near Lake Vyrnwy. Dog safely recovered from chamber uninjured.

Monday 19th September 2016

00.52, 1 hour. NWCRO called out to assist with reported overdue party (2 males) from Croeser Rhosydd. Team was stood down before arrival at rendezvous point.

Wednesday 15th July 2015

19.53, 2.5 hours. NWCRO called to assist LLMRT / AMRT with a bullock that had fallen down ravine near Nantlle Valley. Following investigation it was concluded that further assistance could not be provided. Attended by 2 team members.

Saturday 3rd January 2015

15.33, 6 hours. Trawsfynyd. NWCRO called to investigate possible collapsed tunnel. 2 Controllers attended. No further action required.

Monday 29th December 2014

10.32, 5 hours. Mine shaft near Holywell. NWCRO called to assist RSPCA with recovery of 2 cows from 10m deep mine shaft. One cow was put to sleep before being recovered but second was recovered alive and apparently uninjured. 6 team members, including vet, attended.

Saturday 6th December 2014

19.41, 5 1.2 hours. Bwlch Glas Lead Mine, Tal-y-Bont. NWCRO called to assist Aberdyfi SAR, Powys & Dyfyd Police and other parties with male mine explorer unable to ascend ladder pitch. Person assisted out of mine without NWCRO assistance. 9 team members attended.

Saturday 1st November 2014

15.37, 2 hours. Mine shaft near Dyserth. NWCRO called to assist RSPCA with recovery of live sheep from 7m deep mine air shaft. 5 team members attended. Sheep recovered uninjured.

Friday 1st August 2014

17.52, 1.5 hours. Bounce Below, Llechwedd. NWCRO called to assist SSMRT with unconscious male. 6 team members attended incident but assistance not required.

Saturday 23rd August 2014

In the afternoon of Saturday 23rd August, the North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation received a call out to Aber Las mine. It became clear that the callout was for a diver who was missing beyond a flooded section of approximately 300m.

North Wales Cave Rescue working with NWP then set in train requests for divers and support from a number of other cave rescue teams, namely the CRO, DCRO, MRO, with other divers being put on standby. Two CRO divers and a dive controller arrived by Sea King helicopter from Yorkshire, within four hours of the initial call out.

In addition to the cave divers, North East Wales Search and Rescue also provided support in addition to NWFRS, WAST and NWP.

The body of the missing diver was located and brought to surface by the dive teams in the early hours of Sunday morning and handed to NWP. All emergency services team members vacated the scene some hours later.

This recovery was a good example of a multi-agency/team effort, especially as it was on a bank holiday weekend. The landowner was involved in supporting the operation throughout.

Many thanks to all those who gave up their time to help.

Monday 27th August 2012

17.11, 2.30 hours. Yr Ogof, Llanymynech. NWCRO called to assist NEWSAR with search for missing person. 5 team members attended. Person found well elsewhere and team stood down.

Saturday 19th November 2011

On the 19th November 2011 NWCRO responded to a call-out for a caver (male, 50s) at 11.15am who had fallen approximately 20ft in a rift about 200ft below ground in the Great Orme Copper Mine in Llandudno. The casualty had sustained a suspected broken ankle and was beyond 2 short ladder pitches, a hand and knees crawl and a tight section. Following a full team call-out 24 team members attended what was the first underground incident in North Wales involving NWCRO in a casualty evacuation for a number of years. Following administration of painkillers and application of an ankle splint the casualty was able to effectively self-rescue with team assistance and hauling on the pitches. The casualty reached the surface at ~15.05 pm, almost 5 hours after the incident, and was transported by ambulance to hospital.

The casualty was later confirmed as having a broken heel and endured a 4 hour operation.

A big thanks to all NWCRO team members who attended, the others who were present and helped with sandwiches and hot drinks, to those who offered help but were no longer required, and to those who have helped with operations behind the scenes over the past few years that enabled a successful evacuation.

Monday 18th July 2011

17.30, 2 hours the following day. Dinas Mawddwy. 2 team members. Rescued sheep from slate quarry.

Friday 15th July 2011

16.00, 4.5 hours the following day. Llyn Peninsula. 4 team members and 1 vet. Searched for sheep previously reported in shaft. No sign of sheep.

Sunday 29th May 2011

17.00, 2 hours. Hendre, nr Mold. 6 team members. Dog rescued from mine - later reported fit and well.

Saturday 26 February 2011

21:30, 1.5 hours. Unattended vehicle in south Rhinog area near a mine. Two NWCRO controllers involved and team alerted. Team stood down when vehicle occupants returned to their vehicle. With Police and SSMRT.

Tuesday 14 September 2010

12:30, 1 hours. Croesor-Rhosydd. 1 team member. Party of 4 overdue from day before.

Sunday 4 April 2010

07:30, 6 hours. Horseshoe Pass Quarries. 7 team members. Missing person search in underground quarry workings. With NEWSAR.

Monday 26 October 2009

16:00, 2 hours. Beddgelert Forest. 5 team members on standby. 1 NWCRO co-ordinator. Dog fell down a 30ft disused mine shaft. Handled by Aberglaslyn MRT and NW Fire and Rescue.

Tuesday 13 October 2009

13:00, 2 hours. Great Orme. 6 team members. Search of mine workings for missing person. With Ogwen Valley MRO.

Sunday 24 August 2008

22.30 hours, 8.5 hours. Croesor/Rhosydd. 9 team members. Students lost on through trip. With Aberglaslyn MRT.

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