[8] MINE INCIDENT – St Ives, 28/04/2018 19:39 hrs

A slightly unusual call out. The police had contacted the team for advice after a mineshaft had opened up in a residential car park. There was a concern that the shaft may cause a safety issue for nearby residents or members of the public.

A small contingent from our mine rescue team attended utilising basic edge restraint techniques to safely inspect the mineshaft which revealed that despite the small 3 foot opening, the tarmac was actually suspended above a 10 foot by 8 foot shaft, dropping around 40 feet. It was unknown if it was choked at the bottom, but with the vertical shaft running through bedrock, one of the mine rescue team who also works as a mining engineer was able to provide advice to the police and CORMAC.