• Funded by doantions
  • 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 15 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

Kingdom of Thailand Royal Decoration


Royal Decoration of the Kingdom of Thailand bestowed on UK Cave Rescuers The British Cave Rescue Council is pleased to convey that on Monday 3rd February the UK Cave Rescuers that were deployed... READ MORE

Cave Rescue & trainee Search Advisors


Raising the profile of Cave Rescue amongst tomorrow’s Search Advisors Two BCRC officers spent the afternoon of 8th January showcasing the UK’s voluntary cave rescue abilities to trainee Police Search Advisors (PolSAs), alongside... READ MORE

Royal Humane Society Awards Presentation


On Wednesday 13 November 2019 members of the BCRC team involved in the 2018 Tham Luang rescue in Thailand received Royal Humane Society awards from HRH Princess Alexandra, the Society’s President. The awards... READ MORE

ECRM 2019


13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, Jama Baredine, Istria, Croatia 14-17 November 2019 Peter Dennis (BCRC Chair) represented BCRC at this European Cave Rescue Association meeting, after many years of attendance by Pete Allwright,... READ MORE