54 Hours Underground: Brecon Beacons Cave Rescue


One of the longest cave rescues in UK history occurred in South Wales in November 2021, when a seriously injured caver was rescued from Ogof Fynnon Ddu. You can read about the story here – Brecon Beacons: Caver trapped for 54 hours relives his survival fight.

The next World Extreme Medicine webinar aims to give you an overview of the assessment, stabilisation and evacuation of the casualty, from the viewpoint of both the patient and the medical team involved.

Date: Thursday 3rd February 2022 | 19:45 (GMT). Location: Online via immersive digital platform | Watch Live or On-demand


Brendan Sloan - PatientBrendan Sloan – Clinician 

Brendan started caving while studying Medicine at Sheffield University, which rapidly developed into a passion for the underground world. He joined Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation while an undergraduate, becoming the team doctor in 2005, and is still a core member and team leader. He continued his caving through medical training, both in the UK and undertaking expeditions to places as varied as Spain, Morocco, China, Crete and Borneo. In 2016 he was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals, where he is the lead for Burns Anaesthesia and Burns ICU. In 2017 he was elected Medical Officer for the British Cave Rescue Council, the coordinating body for cave rescue teams across the UK and Ireland.

George Linnane – Patient 

George Linnane - ClinicianGeorge learned to scuba dive in 2001 but it was in 2014 that he kicked it up a gear, following a guided cavern dive in a Mexican cenote whilst on holiday and falling in love with the cave environment.  Since then, he has progressed from being a recreational PADI diver with no underground experience to TDI Stage Cave diver, IANTD Normoxic Trimix diver and SSI CCR diver.  He has become an experienced caver, elected a full member of South Wales Caving Club, Northern Pennine Club, Gloucester Speleological Society, UK Mine Cave and achieved Qualified Diver status with the Cave Diving Group.  He had recently been invited to participate in multiple foreign cave diving expeditions when disaster struck in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (Cave Of The Black Spring) in South Wales in November 2021 during a routine caving trip, leaving him broken and battered and sparking the longest cave rescue effort in British history.  Since surviving the incident, George has been accepted as a probationary member of South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team and hopes to recover fully enough to begin training to help others in the future.

Session Overview

  • A description of the medical aspects of the rescue, from both patient and clinician.
  • Practicalities of undertaking prolonged rescues in challenging environments.
  • Basic principles of UK cave rescue.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the specific challenges posed by cave rescue.
  • Principles of management of major trauma in extremely austere and resource limited environments.
  • Increased awareness of the specific medical equipment used in cave rescue.
  • Increased awareness of the medical capabilities of UK Cave Rescue teams.

Hosted via our live platform you can take e-learning to a whole new level. With live chat, video calling and networking with your fellow attendees it’s a great way to earn an hour of CPD. You can watch this live or on-demand once the recording has finished.

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54 Hours Underground: Brecon Beacons Cave Rescue - 3rd February 2022, 1945 GMT


Price: £15.00

Photo Credit Tarquin Wilton-Jones