Our rescue response has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic


Thankfully callouts in Devon are few and far between, which is just how we like it. When we do get called out, and it’s appropriate to do so, we’ll give a brief summary of the incident here.

This evening Devon Cave Rescue Organisation were alerted to a small party of overdue cavers in Pridhamsleigh Cavern. A small number of team members were able to confirm the overdue parties car was still parked up so a decision was made to mobilise the team.

Whilst the team was mobilising a rescue...

This afternoon DCRO were activated and successful in the rescue of a lovely young dog called Freya in a mine in the Tamar Valley.

The team was initially called out by Devon Lost Dog Search & Rescue. Upon arriving on scene it became apparent that Freya was trapped approximately 60 meters up a cli...

Storm Dennis now seems to be on the way out. The West Country certainly took a bashing.

DCRO were pleased to be able to support Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue along with the other voluntary Search and Rescue teams.

For some of the time the team were based at Bovey...

In the evening of the 31st of January a number of members deployed in the team's emergency vehicles to join the multi-agency response assisting members of the public stranded in the snow on Haldon Hill, Devon.

A male (25) was reported missing. Police intelligence indicated that the missing person knew the area well. Devon CRO conducted a surface search and an inspection of numerous open mineshafts

21 team members attended for 5 hours and 45 mins.

A party of three (m) became overdue because of a high tide at the adit entrance, but were able to make a safe exit before the team members left their HQ.

3 team members attended for 1 hour and 50 mins.

The police requested assistance with a search for a missing person (m55), by descending and checking a mine shaft and undertaking a surface search.

7 team members attended for 7 hours.

Asked to give advice and search caves in Chudleigh Rocks area for vulnerable missing male. Missing person found deceased by Ashburton DSRT and Police team.

6 team members attended for 1 hours and 50 minutes.

Assist Devon and Cornwall Police & Ashburton DSRT with search for missing person as part of operation 'SEEKER'. The team search two culverts the third having no access past a steel grill. Nothing was found of interest to the investigation. Two gas detection units used

10 team members attended for...

A suspected body and light was seen in the lake at Pridhamsleigh Cavern – the report was made by an instructor from an outdoor activity centre. He informed Devon Cave Rescue directly - the team then advised Devon and Cornwall Police. The scene (cave) was declared a “crime scene” until further detail...

Two adults (m, 40s) leading school group of 8 students fell approximately 3m down small blind pitch whilst traversing around edge. Second caver slipped and knocked first caver down the 3m pitch and landing on top of him, who suffered serious fractured leg injuries. Second caver was unhurt and made h...

Young lady reported in distress and "missing" in Hembury Woods, search by police located possible disturbance at head of Mine shaft. DCRO asked to investigate as the shaft could be possible disposal site. Nothing found.

3 team members attended for 5 hours and 30 mins.

Member of guided caving party (f16) slipped between boulders in a wet area of the cave. Suspected fractured femur and hypothermia evident. Stretchered to the surface and handed to waiting Air Ambulance.

22 team members attended for 2 hours.

Assistant leader of caving party (f19) fell some 1 1/2 metres to floor, suffering suspected spinal injuries and non-epileptic fits. Treated at scene by paramedic cave rescue personnel and stretchered to surface. Air Ambulance evacuated the caver to hospital.

32 team members attended for 3 hours an...

On the 30th Jan at 6:10pm I received a call from the Police with reference to a Dog down a mine at the Bottle Mine / Hemmerdon area on the outskirts of Plympton.

The dog had possibly vanished down the shaft at approx 3:30pm. The owner of the dog searched the woods for some time in case the dog had...

Search of mine shafts and adits for missing person following an abduction of female (40). Nothing found.

6 team members attended for 6 hours.

At 21.05 on Wednesday 16th November 2005 I received a telephone call from Devon & Cornwall Police requesting the assistance of DCRO in searching for a missing youth or youths (age and numbers unknown) who had entered a storm drain in Barnstaple, at this stage there was no reports of missing children...

Called by police to search various mines and caves for a missing female (16) missing for some 4 weeks. Nothing found.

11 team members attended for 22 hours.

Assist Devon and Cornwall Police Force Support Group with search and excavation of a small cave in the Pridhamsleigh area, that recent intelligence suggested could be a body deposition location. Nothing found.

3 team members attended for 4 hours.

Police reported a 42yrd old male missing from home for a number of days. Search of a number of small caves and woodland in the Torbryan area that may be used as locations to sleep rough in.

7 team members attended for 4 hours.