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  • Volunteers on Call 24-7
  • Specialist Underground Search & Rescue

The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) is the Representative body for voluntary underground rescue in the British Isles.

About Us

Formed in 1967 to represent and support its members at National and International level, promote the exchange of information between member rescue organisations and provide a common voice for them. The BCRC is a coordinating and not a governing body, the individual cave rescue organisations remain entirely autonomous and independent.

More details about underground rescues, incident reports and the history of cave rescue can be found on the About Cave Rescue page.

The locations and details of the 16 volunteer underground rescue organisations that are members of the British Cave Rescue Council can be found on the Rescue Teams pages.

Supporting Cave Rescue

British Cave Rescue Council


If you wish to support the work of cave rescue teams contact your local team (see Rescue Teams page), or the BCRC Secretary Emma Porter.

You can also make online donations, to help BCRC support British Cave Rescue, through our PayPal account using the Donate button.




If you shop on Amazon, you can support the BCRC by using AmazonSmile and nominating the British Cave Rescue Council as your charitable organisation.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon as you normally use, but Amazon will donate a small percentage of the net purchase price of eligible products to your chosen charity. You just need to log-in to Amazon via the AmazonSmile page.


 Nicola Radios 

Documents, training information and other resources concerning the Nicola 3 Radios are now being made available on the Nicola Radio page.

  Important Note  

In an emergency if you need the assistance of a UK cave rescue team you should dial 999 and ask for the Police, then for Cave Rescue.

BCRC News & Events

Medical Weekend July 2021


BCRC Medical Weekend Over the weekend of July 17-18 we held our Medical Weekend in the Forest of Dean at the Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group base. Medical officers from cave rescue teams from... READ MORE

Cave Incident Report – 2020


Incident Report for the Period 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2020 The summary of the incidents for 2020 (both underground and surface) in which cave rescue teams have been involved has been... READ MORE

Tristel Duo


Disinfectant Donation Keeping safe during the Covid-19 pandemic is really important for cave rescue teams, protecting our team members and the people we help. Thank you to Tristel for the very kind gesture... READ MORE

CasBag Project Update


Update on Developing the next generation of Casbag. Hypothermia is always on our minds as British cave rescuers. Our cave environment is a hostile one, with an ambient temperature of 8 to 12°C.... READ MORE