Mining is central to Cornish history, the landscape being pitted with shafts, some capped, some open. This is all part of what Cornwall is, but we receive a small number of call-outs every year reporting dogs and people having fallen down mine workings.
The team maintains a specialist rope rescue element, able to work alongside Cornwall Fire and Rescue to deal with such incidents. We do also occasionally need to extract casualties from treacherous terrain, where roped access is required to ensure that the casualty and responding team members are kept safe. All team members regularly train in safe systems of work and are able to rig rescue systems if required.
West Cornwall Search & Rescue Team is a member of the British Cave Rescue Council