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Lancaster Hole Incident
« on: January 05, 2020, 01:45:18 pm »
Folks, many of you have probably heard about yesterday's incident at Lancaster Hole.  First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at what must be a very difficult time.

We would like to pass on our thanks to the Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club for their assistance, and to UWFRA for their additional support - thank you all.

Obviously we can't say too much about the incident as it will be investigated by the Police and the Coroner, so for now, here is the press release statement that we have issued:

Incident 1/2020
Lancaster Hole, Casterton Fell, Cumbria - Cave Incident.
The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) were called by Cumbria Police at 1656 hrs on Saturday 4th January 2020 to reports of an overdue cave diver at Lancaster Hole on Casterton Fell, Cumbria.

40 CRO team members and members of the Northern section of the Cave Diving Group (CDG) responded. As well as searching from the point where the cave diver entered Lancaster Hole downstream passage (1), other entrances and possible exits were also searched by team members and a  cave diver, in case the diver had emerged from the system elsewhere.

The initial search from the access point was led by another member of the Cave Diving Group, who planned to search the first section of the downstream passage. Other CDG members were preparing to conduct an extended search if this initial search did not locate the casualty.

Unfortunately, whilst conducting his underwater search the rescue diver discovered the missing diver, approximately 60 metres into the sump (2). The casualty was immediately brought back to the sump pool chamber and removed from the water, where it was apparent that he was deceased.

All team members were then instrumental in conducting a lengthy and difficult extraction back to the surface of the fell. The casualty was then conveyed to Bull Pot Farm and handed over to the care of Cumbria Police.

Details of the casualty will be made available by Cumbria Police in due course, but we would like to stress that although the casualty was known to team members, he was not a member of any rescue team or the Cave Diving rescue group. Investigations into the cause of the incident are currently underway on behalf of the Coroner by Cumbria Police.


Once again, our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the casualty.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2020, 04:32:18 pm by CRO »
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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2020, 06:37:53 pm »
Very very sad.
 

Offline Ian Ball

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2020, 07:21:04 pm »
Upsetting.

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2020, 08:26:12 pm »
Sad yes.

(What is the 'Cave Diving rescue group'? When i read the BBC report i thought some journalist had mixed up 'Cave Diving Group' and 'Cave Rescue'. Do CRO have a sub-section of cave divers?)

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2020, 10:04:17 pm »
Sad sad news

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2020, 11:28:54 pm »
Sad yes.

(What is the 'Cave Diving rescue group'? When i read the BBC report i thought some journalist had mixed up 'Cave Diving Group' and 'Cave Rescue'. Do CRO have a sub-section of cave divers?)

Hi LD, it is a mis quote, there is only the CDG. We use the term ‘only’ very loosely at a time such as now - kind Regards Jonty Rhodes (CRO)

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2020, 08:02:20 am »
To make things crystal clear; as the final paragraph in the original statement is a bit difficult to intepret.

The casualty was a member of the CDG, but was not on the Call Out - Diver Rescue team (CDG) that provides diving assistance to other teams such as CRO.

 

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Re: Lancaster Hole Incident
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2020, 11:05:37 am »
Thank you for clarifying.

 

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