North Wales Cave Rescue

Incident List

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

Sunday 29th September 2019 00:54

Rescue of person unable to ascend pitches while retreating from Croesor–Rhosydd through trip after failing to find exit route from Rhosydd quarry.

Transport was provided to and from Croesor quarry entrance in heavy rain and poor visibility by AMRT and SSSART and was very much appreciated by NWCRO.

7 team members, 45.5 total team hours. With AMRT and SSSART.

Monday 29th April 2109 14:12

Request to assist Aberglasyn Mountain Rescue Team with rescue of two lambs from open mine workings at Bwlch y Plwm, Llanfrothen. Lambs were retrieved unharmed.

2 controllers attended, 8.5 total team hours

Wednesday 27th February 2019 17:49

Request from North Wales Police for NWCRO to investigate an underground location on Great Orme, Llandudno in connection with a search for a missing person. Shaft descended but nothing found.

4 team members attended, 8 total team hours

Wednesday 15th August 2018 22:45

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.

The transport provided by AMRT to and from Croesor quarry entrance in heavy rain and poor visibility was very much appreciated by NWCRO.

4.15 total team hours

Saturday 16th June 2018 08:23

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.

3.5 hours

Wednesday 14th March 2018 16:48

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, 4 hours

Friday 10th November 2017 14:00

NWCRO called regarding a missing dog at Loggerheads County Park. Dog was safely recovered uninjured from Leete Cave.

3 team members, 2.5 hours

Sunday 6th August 2017 16:34

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

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

1 hour

Wednesday 15th July 2015 19:53

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.

2 team members, 2.5 hours

Saturday 3rd January 2015 15:33

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

6 hours

Monday 29th December 2014 10:32

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, 5 hours

Saturday 6th December 2014 19:41

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, 5.5 hours

Saturday 1st November 2014 15.37

Mine shaft near Dyserth. NWCRO called to assist RSPCA with recovery of live sheep from 7m deep mine air shaft. Sheep recovered uninjured.

5 team members attended, 2 hours

Friday 1st August 2014 17.52

Bounce Below, Llechwedd Quarry. NWCRO called to assist SSSART with unconscious male underground. Assistance not required.

6 team members attended, 1.5 hours

Saturday 23rd August 2014

In the afternoon of Saturday 23rd August, North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation were called 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 dive base by the dive teams in the early hours of Sunday morning. It was then taken from the dive base to surface by NWCRO and handed to NWP. NWCRO also transported diving and other equipment between surface and the dive base and assisted at the dive base.

All emergency services personnel 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

Yr Ogof, Llanymynech. NWCRO called to assist NEWSAR with search for missing person. Person found well elsewhere and team stood down.

5 team members attended, 2.5 hours

Saturday 19th November 2011 11.15

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. After 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

Minllyn Quarry, Dinas Mawddwy. Rescue of lamb from slate quarry pit. Lamb returned unharmed to farmer.

2 team members, 2 hours

Friday 15th July 2011 16.00

Llyn Peninsula. Sheep reported to be in a shaft. The following day a search was made of shaft and associated underground passage. However, there was no sign of the sheep.

4 team members and 1 vet, 4.5 hours

Sunday 29th May 2011 17.00

Hendre, nr Mold. 6 team members. Dog rescued from mine – later reported fit and well.

6 team members, 2 hours

Saturday 26 February 2011 21:30

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.

1.5 hours

Tuesday 14 September 2010 12:30

Croesor-Rhosydd. Party of 4 overdue since previous day.

1 team member, 1 hour

Sunday 4 April 2010 07:30

Horseshoe Pass Quarries. Missing person search in underground quarry workings. With NEWSAR.

7 team members, 6 hours

Monday 26 October 2009 16:00

Beddgelert Forest. Dog fell down a 30ft disused mine shaft. Handled by Aberglaslyn MRT and NW Fire and Rescue Service.

5 team members on standby. 1 NWCRO co-ordinator, 2 hours

Tuesday 13 October 2009 13:00

Great Orme, Llandudno. Search of mine workings for missing person. With Ogwen Valley MRO.

6 team members, 2 hours

Sunday 24 August 2008 22:30

Croesor/Rhosydd. Students lost on through trip. With Aberglaslyn MRT.

9 team members, 8.5 hours

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