"Cavers who rescue cavers whenever and wherever an accident occurs."

A voluntary self funded organisation, Mendip Cave Rescue (MCR) are responsible for rescues from caves and disused stone mines in the Bristol area, Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset. Acting on behalf of the Police, MCR are responsible for all aspects of the operation underground, from marshalling the required cavers, sourcing and deploying specialist equipment through to control and coordination of the rescue.

Find out more: http://www.mendipcaverescue.org 


999 Emergency Call Out

How to Call Out Mendip Cave Rescue 

  1. Dial 999 (or 112 the single European Emergency Number)
  2. Ask for the POLICE (if calling from a mobile ask for AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE)
  3. Then ask for CAVE RESCUE
  4. Prepare to give the following details:-
    • Cave Name
    • Location within cave
    • Numbers & condition of those involved
    • Details of any injuries sustained
  5. STAY BY THE PHONE (if using a mobile stay in a good reception area)
  6. A Mendip Cave Rescue Warden will call you back for more details so please keep the phone line free.


Useful Information

The following information is very useful to help the MCR Warden get the right equipment and team members on site to quickly resolve the incident. 

If an accident has happened ...

  • What happened?
  • Where underground did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • How many are injured?
  • What are the known injuries?
  • When did they go underground?
  • How many are still underground?

If a party is missing or overdue...

  • When did they go underground?
  • When should they have come out?
  • How many are in the party?
  • Where did they go underground?
  • What route were they planning to take?


Caves and postcodes

Exact caves locations can't be be given using a postcode, but being able to quote a nearby postcode can still assist the Emergency Services getting to site quicker and easier. Here are a list of the featured caves and relevant nearby postcode.

Bath Swallet		:: BS40 7AT	(Disused Quarry car park by Burrington Inn)
Charterhouse Cave	:: BS40 7XT	(Piney Sleight Farm)
Eastwater Cavern	:: BA5 3AX 	(Wessex Club Hut)
Fairy Cave		:: BA5 3JJ	(Nearest pub Knatchbull Arms)
GB Cavern		:: BS40 7XT	(Piney Sleight Farm)
Hilliers Cave		:: BA5 3JJ	(Nearest pub Knatchbull Arms)
Redcliffe Caves		:: BS1 6SW	(Redcliffe Parade East)
Reservoir Hole		:: BS27 3QF	(Covered reservoir, Cheddar Gorge)
Rods Pot		:: BS40 7AT	(Disused Quarry car park by Burrington Inn)
Shatter Cave		:: BA5 3JJ 	(Nearest pub Knatchbull Arms)
St Cuthbert's Swallet	:: BA5 3AU	(Bristol Exploration Club Hut)
Swildon's Hole		:: BA5 3BE	(Priddy Village Green)
Upper Flood Swallet	:: BS40 7XW	(Mendip Caving Group Hut)


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