Shortly after 16:00 on May 1 2019, we received a request that a 25 year old lady had suffered an ankle injury over Pilisborosjenő on the side of Kevély-hill. It was a beautiful spring day and a Hungarian bank holiday, so many went on a trip to Pilis.
Starting from Pilisborosjenő, the young people hiked up to Nagy-Kevély, then came back down the red square tourist sign. The terrain is not easy here on the hiking trail, it leads between dusty dolomite gravel and more or less rocky terrain stairs, in many places you can only hike in narrow passages, elsewhere vegetation hanging on the road and fallen trees make the terrain difficult.
They were only a little more than a kilometer from the village border when the injury occurred while taking a big step.
On the evening of April 7, 2019, the Hungarian Cave Rescue Organization rescued a lost group from the Mátyáshegyi cave. Three young people started the cave-tour with an old caver guide at noon.
The tour began on the easy and popular “Great Circle” cave section, later they aimed at the underground lake that forms the deepest point of the cave. However they got lost in the labyrinth part of the way to the lake, and they could not find the passage neither down to the lake or up that could be got through safely by this group.
According to Hungarian caving customs, all hiking groups have a surface watch, which alerts the cave rescuers if the group fails to reach the surface.
March 1 is International Civil Protection Day. This year, the National Directorate General for Disaster Management thanked the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service for helping and supporting their civil protection efforts. At the ceremony, we heard Colonel Péter Jackovics' assessment of today's natural hazards and the protection against them.
Representatives of several NGOs received recognition at the event. This year, the acclaimed diploma and souvenir of Major General Dr. Zoltán Góra was received by our member Márton Kovács. We thank the recognition and hope that our relationship with Disaster Management staff, which has been developing so far, will continue to be successful in the future.
Photo: András Jóri
On the afternoon of February 23, 2019, Zoltán B., a 34-year-old tourist, equipped with a headlamp, climbed into the Papp Ferenc Cave which is on the border of village Pilisborosjenő, on the side of hill named Ezüsthegy. He spent about four hours in the cave and then headed out.
He got lost in the infamous, clothesline rubble labyrinth formed in the sandstone beneath the entrance, being unable to find a way out.
This place is extremely deceptive, you can even hear his voice from the surface, there are places where you can see the light of his lamp between the stones, everything seems to be very close - but in the narrow gaps where the sound and light still come through, it is very difficult to find the only path to the surface where there is enough place to get out.
1/16/2019 - The story of the summer Thai rescue has been picked up again by the world press these days, due to a recently published book recorded by on-site reporter Liam Cochrane entitled The cave - The inside story of the daring Thai cave rescue. The same writer published a three-part series on internet containing press-excerpts from the book.
According to the editors of the newspapers presenting the book, the main strength of the book is that it writes a lot about the circumstances of the rescue, which allegedly do not reflect the conditions communicated to parents and news-hungry media of the world may have known before. News released in the summer also mentioned about some sedation during the rescue, but suggested that even in this condition, the rescued children remained somewhat vigilant, actively swimming, following the driver's guideline, participating in their own rescue. To be able for this, they learned to swim inside, in the cave, and learned how to use a respirator and a full face mask. According to the news available then, the diver was at the front with a bottle of breathing gas attached to the face mask, followed by the swimming child, and at the back another lifeguard was helping the child if they got in trouble. According to the Liam Cochrane-s book the children came to the surface as a “package” with fixed arms to keep them physically intact, to avoid jams, being moved by straps on their backs, managed by rescue divers in the water.
34 main blood donors X 4.5 dl of blood taken = 15.3 liters of blood (3 people).
This is how we were able to WORK TOGETHER to help those who were in a difficult situation! Thank you for every participant, we hope to see you all next year! For those who like more detail: This year, 34 of the 36 registered participants were able to donate blood. 5 of them were new blood donors, they are registered separately because they consider it important that those who do not yet have experience in this field have come and will probably return if everything goes well, ie they get into the system.
The usual great cave rescue training during fall was held in the Devil’s Hole Cave in Solymár this year. Also we excersized near the entrance on the surface. We practiced the handling and transport of the stretcher in several groups. In addition to the members of the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service, the members of the Bakony Cave Rescue Service, the Northern Hungarian Association of Cave Rescuers, the firefighters of the 1st District of Disaster Management also joined and practiced together.
We also gained a wealth of useful experience in performing tasks that seemed simple at first glance.
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