Helen Farr (nee Rider) tragically left us on Wednesday 27th May 2020. Helen was the wife of SMWCRT team member Martyn Farr, and was a highly respected and accomplished cave diver and explorer, both in Wales and around the world. Helen was a keen supporter of SMWCRT and the work we do. She very generously bequeathed in her will, a legacy to SMWCRT that will considerably benefit the Team for many years to come. At this point, we are considering how best to put this incredible legacy to use in honour of her memory.

We are extremely touched, and humbled, that Helen thought of us and our work in the way she did, yet are also deeply saddened to benefit in this way. We extend our condolences to Helen’s family.

The following photographs of Helen were taken by Martyn Farr and featured in X-Ray Mag International Dive Magazine.

Click here to view X-Ray Mag article on Helen.

Helen at Crystal Caves, Abaco, Bahamas. Photo Copyright M.Farr & X-Ray Mag.

A recent picture of Helen. Photo Copyright M.Farr & X-Ray Mag

Rescue Practice Cancelled

Please note that following discussions we have made the decision to cancel the Herbert's Quarry rescue practice scheduled to take place on Sat 3rd October. Whilst, as a Voluntary Rescue Team, we are to an extent exempt from a number of the COVID-19 restrictions, after consulting with the relevant Police Authority we feel that this particular practice does not qualify as necessary 'essential training' required to maintain skill levels at this time.

i am sure you are as disappointed as I am that we have had to cancel this practice and I will contact you again regarding future training and dates.

Kevin Munn

Training Officer

SMWCRT

Picture taken prior to the COVID19 Pandemic, hence the absence of PPE amongst Team Members & Casualty.

 

The Team held its first post COVID19 rescue practice on Saturday. There was a very good turnout of about 45 people which was exceptional considering the very poor weather forecast for the day. The Team focused on operation of the CaveLink comms boxes as well as packaging injured casualties under the restrictions placed upon us by COVID 19 precautions. Conducting a stretcher carry whilst wearing protective goggles and wearing a mask is no easy matter!

A fuller report will  follow. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the day.  

Team Members will no doubt be saddened to hear of the recent passing of Mick Day who was deeply involved in caving at both local and national levels [SWCC & NCA/BCA]. Mick was also involved with Cave Rescue back in the 1980s, including the 3 day rescue of Tim Flannagan  from Southern Stream Passage in Agen Allwedd, as well as several others. Judy, his wife was one of the original Soup Dragons which provided mass catering and fund raising for rescue.

Caitlin, Mick's daughter has emailed the Team, including a link to the 'Muchloved' site which shows a Tribute to Mick. This includes photographs and also links which enable donations to be made to the SMWCRT & Amnesty International, charities that Mick felt very passionately about. Donations may be made via the 'Muchloved' link or by the Donate button on this page. We as a Team extend our heartfelt condolences to Judy, Cait and Ceiny.

 

You may have heard that we lost our brilliant, cantankerous, loyal, funny, frustrating, gentle husband and dad, Mick Day on Sunday 13 September.

Dad had struggled with Vascular problems for quite a few years - he had a pacemaker fitted nearly 20 years ago. However, since Christmas he began to visibly deteriorate and was showing clear signs of vascular dementia. Two weeks ago that decline was markedly accelerated and he passed on Sunday 13 September with his family around him. While it's devastating it was equally tough to watch the dimming of that exceptional mind.

Mum is obviously devastated and not really engaging yet.

In these oddest of times funerals are restricted in numbers and it will be invitation only but we will be arranging a live stream online for anyone who wishes to join us. We are also having to wait a little while for details of exactly when it will be, but will share details when we know.

I have set up a memories site where people can leave a message, a story or upload a photograph. In time, I hope to make a memory book for Mum as she negotiates her own dementia journey and for his beloved Grandchildren Tahnee, Huw and Aidan. If you would like you can also make an online donation in his memory on the site - either to Cave Rescue or Amnesty International - two organisations he was passionate about.

www.michael-charles-day.muchloved.com

Or you can e-mail using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by post to Caitlin Bones, Bryn Ayr, Brecon Road, Pen-y-Cae, SA9 1FA.

With kindest regards,

Judy, Cait and Ceiny

 

Callout 11.08.20

A call was received at 21:00 on Tuesday evening to report that two experienced cavers were overdue in Dan Yr Ogof.

A Warden was dispatched to the car park by the cave and quickly established that the cavers’ car was still there. The Callout commenced at 21.20.

Due to the uncertainty of the situation, a message was put out via SARCALL to South Wales Cavers.  A search team was being assembled when the overdue cavers were located close to the entrance.

All Team Members were stood down by 23.00.

Thanks to those who responded to SARCALL and to those who were making their way to the cave. 20+ Team members were mobilised and those who had responded with their availability were noted. 

Dan Thorne

SMWCRT Warden