Cave Rescue Sparks Prince’s Trust Safety Review

August 29, 2011 / England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Prince's Trust

In response to the major rescue of twelve cavers at Lower Long Churn Cave earlier this month, the national charity Prince’s Trust will conduct a safety review.

The review will focus on why two experienced instructors led a group of teenagers underground with heavy rain forecast, which led to a rescue after the cave began to flood.

Although the rescue was successful, the Clapham based Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) criticized the actions of the leaders for going ahead with the trip.

“The health and safety of our young people is paramount in all of our programmes and we work with trained professionals to run our outdoor activities. We are pleased that all of the young people returned safe and well but we are reviewing this situation to ensure every aspect of the planning and delivery of the programme meets with the very high standards we demand.” – A spokesman for the Prince’s Trust

The youth had taking part in a development course for unemployed young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old run by the organization Groundwork on behalf of the Prince’s Trust.

Prince’s Trust to carry out safety review after teenagers were trapped in cave [Craven Herald]

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