Our diving teams played a crucial role in the event of a mining emergency. Their skills and expertise allowed them to provide critical support to miners in danger, and to carry out underwater search and rescue missions with confidence and efficiency.
The primary role of the diving team was to lay safety lines/ropes as a guide for mines rescue teams to follow to enable them to travel through water in the event of a mine becoming flooded. The dive team always entered any flooded area first so there was a clear route to follow.
All mines rescue operatives – who were all part time as they all worked for the nearby collieries as well - were required to undertake water rescue training as well. And when the dive team moved to Mansfield, this meant training 270 part time rescue workers from the collieries. This training included confidence in the water and being able to follow a guide rope whilst blindfolded – to simulate what it would be like doing this through mine water which would be black, very muddy, and full of silt.
Our diving teams provide specialised training and support to the mining industry. Through training programmes and workshops, the teams educated miners and other industry professionals on best practices and techniques for underwater operations, including emergency response and disaster management. This helped to build a culture of safety within the industry and ensured that miners were prepared to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an underwater emergency.