Earlier this year the world focused on an unprecedented rescue mission, after 12 boys and their football coach became trapped in a flooded Thai cave. Over a 1,000 people were involved in this international rescue, including a small team of British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) extreme cave diving explorers and surface control specialists.
The British Cave Rescue Council is a co-ordinating body for voluntary underground rescues in the British Isles. It is a charity entirely funded by donations. The money it receives goes to support rescues in the UK and overseas, ie buying relevant gear such as communications equipment.
The EUROTEK Raffle
Earlier this month the European advanced and technical diving conference, EUROTEK, was held in Birmingham, England. "We always hold a fund-raising raffle at EUROTEK. This year it is wholly appropriate that the money raised is donated to the British Cave Rescue Council", stated Rosemary E Lunn, EUROTEK co-founder and organiser. "When I approached the recreational and technical diving industry for raffle prizes, they were hugely supportive of the idea and gave us some superb prizes. Thanks to the generosity of the donating companies and divers across the world, we raised over £4,000 for the British Cave Rescue Council. This money will be used to help aid future overseas cave rescues."
The Arkansas manufacturer donated a KISS Spirit Sidewinder Rebreather worth US$5,785.00 and confirmed that the winner has the option to customise and upgrade this unit.
The Bonaire based diving centre donated a week's stay at the Buddy Dive Resort and six days Nitrox diving.
Bespoke Otter Drysuit
The Bradford based manufacturer donated their latest suit - an Otter ‘Atlantic’ drysuit - worth over £2,000. It comes complete with a pee-valve and KUBI dry gloves.
Thanks to the global generosity of the donating companies and divers contributions, we raised over £4,000 for the British Cave Rescue Council. The money will be used help save lives and aid future overseas cave rescues. Rosemary E Lunn
Trip To Truk
Thanks to the support of AP Diving, Apeks, Dive Rite, A Frayed Knot, Halcyon, Kent Tooling Diving Products, Poseidon Diving, Santi Diving, Weezle Diving Services, EUROTEK was able to give away two very special Goodie Bags worth over £500 each.
Halcyon Wing & Kent Tooling Voucher
A trio of Diving Books
This generous donation will help to ensure that the volunteers of the BCRC, individual cave rescue teams and cave rescue divers drawn from the UK Cave Diving Group, remain supported, trained and suitably equipped. Peter Dennis, Chairman BCRC
Peter Dennis, Chairman of the BCRC stated "all at the British Cave Rescue Council are extremely grateful to EUROTEK for choosing the BCRC as the charity to benefit from proceeds of the conference raffle.
Gratitude is extended to the generosity of the suppliers who provided such prestigious prizes, which encouraged purchase of raffle tickets. Those who attended the conference heard first hand from the British and Australian divers, Rick Stanton and Richard Harris, the uncertainty and adversity associated with the unique circumstances of the successful cave rescue operation in Tham Luang cave, Thailand.
This generous donation will help to ensure that the volunteers of the BCRC, individual cave rescue teams and cave rescue divers drawn from the UK Cave Diving Group, remain supported, trained and suitably equipped."