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Do not use the 999 service for general enquires. Use the following Police Control numbers:
Make sure a responsible person knows which cave or mine you are visiting, your route, the party size and your estimated time out.
The ethos of caving rescue is traditionally one of self rescue and this is fundamental to the approach of the MCR. The MCR is entirely a voluntary service. All the wardens are cavers who live in the area and are members of Mendip clubs. Funds are solely from donation and are used only to provide equipment and rescue facilities.
It is essential that you be connected to the correct Police Authority. There has been a call out on Mendip, using a mobile phone that was connected to the Coastguard at Southampton and valuable time was lost.
In Bristol & Somerset which includes the Mendip Area you require the SOMERSET AND AVON POLICE.
In Wiltshire which includes the Box and Bath Areas you require the WILTSHIRE POLICE.
The police strongly advise that you also make a backup call on a landline.