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Incident 1st March 2020

Mendip Cave Rescue were called by Avon and Somerset Police to an incident at St Cuthbert’s Swallet, Priddy at 18:31 on Sunday 1st March 2020, following a group of 5 cavers being reported overdue from their trip. On inspection it became clear that the c ...
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INCIDENT 13/2020 – Feb. 29th. Sat. 22.15hrs – Rowten Pot, Kingsdale – Cave Incident

During their re-ascent of the vertical Rowten Pot, the first of a party of 3 cavers became stuck at a point where their access rope was re-belayed to ring anchors embedded in the wall of the pothole. From the description given later, it seems that the ...
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INCIDENT 12/2020 – Feb. 29th. Sat. 19.50hrs – Alum Pot, Selside – Cave Incident

A group of 15 cavers were reported as not having got in touch with their contact by the pre-arranged time of 19.00 hours. The group consisting of one experienced caver, 2 amateurs and 12 first timers had entered the Alum Pot cave system at 11.30, plann ...
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INCIDENT 10/2020 – Feb. 25th. Tue. 14.38hrs – Off Whitestone Lane, Austwick – Mountain Incident

Yorkshire Ambulance Service asked for assistance when a walker (m, 52) took a fall at a stile just off Whitestone Lane, Crummackdale, sustaining an arm injury. As members were responding, a further message was received, stating that the ambulance crew ...
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Alert only – Feb. 15th. Sat. 11.25hrs – Craven District – Alert No. 2 of 2020

With heavy rain and widespread flooding anticipated, rescue teams across North Yorkshire were asked, on Friday evening, to say what swift-water rescue resources they would have available. On Saturday morning, CRO and UWFRA sent representatives to the & ...
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INCIDENT 9/2020 – Feb. 14th. Fri. 00.37hrs – Ease Gill system, Casterton, Cumbria – Cave Incident

Concern was expressed for four cavers, overdue between Lancaster Hole and Wretched Rabbit, in the Ease Gill system. However, realising that there was a risk of causing an un-necessary call-out, the cavers split up at Stop Pot, with the faster two hurry ...
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INCIDENT 8/2020 – Feb. 10th. Mon. 13.41hrs – Near Thistle Cave, Ribblehead, Ingleton – Mountain Incident

An adult (m, 45) accompanying a group of young people, collapsed at the entrance to Thistle Cave, which they had intended to explore. There were prolonged attempts to revive him by CPR, but when YAS paramedics arrived, by road and air ambulance, they d ...
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Alert only – Feb. 9th. Sun. 13.25hrs – Pateley Bridge – Alert No. 1 of 2020

Heavy rain, overnight, caused widespread flooding across northern England. With a serious situation seeming to develop in Nidderdale, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association asked the other North Yorkshire teams what swift-water rescue resources they ...
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9,900-year-old Mexican female skeleton distinct from other early American settlers

A new skeleton discovered in the submerged caves at Tulum sheds new light on the earliest settlers of Mexico. ...
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INCIDENT 7/2020 – Jan. 30th. Thu. 17.01hrs – Simon Fell, Ingleton – Mountain Incident

Two walkers (m,51; f, ) reported themselves lost, benighted, wet and cold, in cloud, on Ingleborough. With no response to the Phonefind app and their phone seeming always to be engaged, it was a while before their position could be confirmed. Team memb ...
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Another Year In The Life Of A Cave Videographer

Here's Caver Keith's traditional annual caving roundup video. It contains some previously unseen footage.It’s not been the most prolific year for the studios in terms of videos completed, but it has been a very good year in other ways. Keith's complete ...
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Early North Americans may have been more diverse than previously suspected

Ancient skulls from the cave systems at Tulum, Mexico, suggest that the earliest populations of North America may have already had a high level of morphological diversity, according to a new study. ...
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Skyhook and beyond

Team: Chloe Francis, Duncan Hornby, Tim lewingdon, Helen Stewart & Claire VivianTrip date: 25/1/20A few years ago Claire and I had the privilege of supporting a Freem filming trip beyond the sky hook at the top of Midnight Passage. It was quite an ...
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Driven by Earth’s orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration

New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle East, and the Mediterranean were wetter and drier and how the plant composition changed in tandem, possibly providing migration ...
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MCR Meeting, 17th March 2020 Cancelled

*** Under the circumstances with the recent government announcement and the growth in cases of coronavirus this meeting has been cancelled *** As agreed at the last MCR meeting, the next MCR meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th March at the Hunters Lo ...
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Incident 26th January 2020

Mendip Cave Rescue were called by Avon and Somerset Police at 14:00 to attend a caving incident in Rods Pot, above Burrington Combe. The initial report indicated a single casualty who had sustained a knee injury as a result of a slip whilst on the retu ...
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INCIDENT 6/2020 – Jan. 23rd. Thu. 19.12hrs – Black Dub Moss, Horton in Ribblesdale – Mountain Incident

Two Three Peaks walkers (m,30; m,30) reported themselves ‘in a field and completely lost’, as well as ‘surrounded by swamp up to their knees’, between Birkwith and Pen y ghent. The Phonefind app, used by the duty controller, ind ...
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INCIDENT 5/2020 – Jan. 23rd. Thu. 10.50hrs – Sheriff Hill, Malham – Mountain Incident

A visitor (m, 57), walking from Malham Rakes towards the top of Malham Cove, slipped on the extremely muddy path, about 300m from the road, sustaining a dislocation fracture of one ankle. The YAS paramedics who attended to the patient asked for CRO&#82 ...
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