User:Aricooperdavis/Draft:Cave Rescue Techniques & Practices

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The challenges involved in caving vary according to the cave being visited, but — in addition to the total absence of light beyond the entrance — often include the negotiation of pitches, squeezes, and water hazards. This book aims to give a guide to the techniques and practices used when things do go wrong, to prevent an accident becoming an incident. Cave diving is a much more hazardous sub-specialty, and related rescue techniques will not be covered here.


  1. Introduction
    1. Avoiding Rescue
    2. Precautions
    3. Types of Incident
    4. Responsibilities
  2. Rescue Procedure
    1. Missed Callout
    2. Injury Reported
    3. Equipment Required
    4. Problems
    5. Dealing with Injury
    6. Problems outside the Cave
  3. Rescue Techniques
    1. Recovering a caver from a rope
    2. Managing Exhaustion & Illness
    3. First Aid
    4. Warmth
    5. Stretcher Rescues
    6. Local Difficulties
  4. Case Study
  5. Further Reading