Tre’r Ddol area, Borth Ceredigion

On Sunday 22nd March, 12 SMWCRT team members assisted Dyfed Powys Police in a missing person search in the area of Tre’r Ddol, North of Aberystwyth.  An early indication of a request for assistance was given from the Police search lead, enabling the Wardens to gather as much data and information on the underground features in the area as possible. On-line resources, maps and historical data were gathered, some of which was supplied by mining enthusiast team members.  When plotted against the target search area (1km radius of the missing persons home), 3 main mining sites were identified and 22 features that warranted inspection. 

In addition to the 12 members actively involved there were several others on standby (for the Sunday but also willing to attend on the Monday if required) and some were assisting from home.

The weather was as good as it could have been and with an early start (given its location) the search teams quickly began ticking off the sites identified. Local landowners were very supportive, and a local community shop was used as control, providing toilets, refreshments, power, wifi and good coffee! The team and wardens were very conscious of the Covid-19 virus and measures were put in place to limit close contact (staggered arrival of people, kit sanitised, gloves etc.) and the age of those attending was considered at the planning stage. 

By mid-day, over half the sites had been visited with no sign of the missing person. After a short break for lunch the teams returned to searching the remaining sites and all 22 target features were visited with no-one found. Four open shafts were searched and numerous adits/levels. 

Thanks to those that were able to assist, on Mother’s Day and during the pressures of the coronavirus outbreak and to those that assisted behind the scenes. Our actions and professional approach were greatly appreciated by the Police lead for the investigation. 

Gary Mitchell (Warden)