How many cave rescues per year?

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How many cave rescues per year?

Postby JonSidneyB » Apr 28, 2006 7:35 am

Are there statistics on how many cave rescues happen?
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American Caving Accidents report

Postby Tim White » Apr 28, 2006 7:50 am

Info and data can be found at : http://www.caves.org/pub/aca/
American Caving Accidents - A special publication of The National Speleological Society.
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Re: How many cave rescues per year?

Postby Scott McCrea » Apr 28, 2006 7:52 am

JonSidneyB wrote:Are there statistics on how many cave rescues happen?

Yes. Accidents that are reported are compiled here.
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Re: How many cave rescues per year?

Postby Stridergdm » Apr 28, 2006 7:06 pm

Scott McCrea wrote:
JonSidneyB wrote:Are there statistics on how many cave rescues happen?

Yes. Accidents that are reported are compiled here.


Note that's accidents and rescues. Many accidents result in self-rescue (the "best" kind :-) and there's a number of accidents that don't make the ACA. Which is a shame. I suspect many people don't report out of embarrassment or because they don't know about the ACA.

What's interesting is the regional variation in both frequency and type of rescues.

Finally, I'll put a plug in forNCRC Cave Rescue.

Well worth it. If you can't make or afford the weeklong, find a 2-day Orientation to Cave Rescue near you. Even if you never plan on rescuing people, it will make you a safer caver.
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