Cave Search & Rescue. Photo by: Jim Goodbar. Cave Search & Rescue. Safety Requirements Human-Related Causes Environmental Causes Developing General Plans Developing Specific Plans. Safety Requirements. UIAA helmet Three sources of light Sturdy boots Gloves and knee pads Food and water
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Developing General Plans
Developing Specific Plans
Getting lost: Some cave passages involve a multitude of junctions and possible travel routes that can confuse and inexperienced caver. If lost, it is best to remain in one place. If this is not possible, carry a watch and paper and leave notes with the time as you travel to help an arriving search team.
Prevention: It is always best to have a cave map and include at least one member of the caving party who is familiar with the cave. Foodstuff, strings, etc., left as a trail can attract animals and may not remain in place.
Getting Stuck: In most cases, an individual can get out of any passage that they can get into. Problems occur when gravity or apprehension become a factor in the situation. Calming the person down and/or removing some of their clothing can alleviate most situations.
Prevention: Be very cautious when entering tight areas that slope downward or have a keyhole shape. Enter downward sloping passages feet first.
Hypothermia: Proper clothing should be worn when entering a cave. Hypothermia can become a problem when water is encountered or when the group moves too slowly. It is wise to carry spare clothing.
Dehydration:Dehydration can lead to many other complications, including hypothermia. Sometimes trips can run longer than expected. Carry enough food and water to last longer than the trip’s expected duration.
Darkness: Caves are dark. Backup lights should always be carried. Carry enough light to last longer than the trip’s expected duration.
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