Incident

Rescue

Date
1.24am - 21 October 2021
Last updated
9.49am - 21 October 2021
Status
Closed
Incident type
Cave / mine / pothole / well
Location
Priddy
Attending station
Taunton
Glastonbury
Cheddar
Wells

Five young adult cavers had a lucky escape after getting trapped underground at East Water Cavern in Priddy near Cheddar, due to floodwater. Cave rescue teams and police were already in attendance when we were requested to assist them with pumping water out of the cave system to allow for the safe extrication of the trapped cavers.

Crews used various lines and equipment to traverse the steep terrain to help locate the cave entrance before using light portable pumps and hose reels, to remove the water and lighting equipment to assist the cave rescue teams. This incident is now complete and these are the full and final details.

At 0313hrs crews confirmed that all five cavers had been successfully rescued and were fit and well after assessment by on-scene paramedics.