MINE RESCUE – Twelveheads (24/02/24)

MINE RESCUE – Twelveheads (24/02/24)

We were called out last night by Devon & Cornwall Police following the reports of a male trapped in a mine shaft near Twelveheads. We were made aware that he had been unable to recover due to an on-going injury and had been stuck there for over 2-hours. His companion had managed to get out and raise the alarm.

On our arrival we established that the male was positioned on a ledge around 30ft down a vertical shaft.

We set about clearing access and rigging up safety lines to establish contact with the casualty. Thankfully he was stable and talking, however, the conditions were cold with constant heavy showers.

One of our mine rescue specialists was then lowered down approx. 8m to them and a rope system was used to raise the casualty out of the shaft alongside our team member.

While this was happening, our team cas-carers were treating the trapped male’s colleague who had been suffering a medical episode from a pre-existing condition.

Our team cas-carers and Paramedics checked over both of the casualties once fully recovered and in a safe location. Once warm, we walked them back to their vehicle.

A successful outcome. After retrieving all of our kit, we returned to base and sorted the equipment ready for the next call out.


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