In case of a caving  accident, please call in the following order :

  • Dial the european standard emergency number 112 and explain ::
    • That a caving accident happened.
    • That the technical advisor of the local cave rescue organisation (“Conseiller Technique Départemental en Spéléologie”) has to be warned.
  • A person in charge of the local cave rescue organisation (SPELEO SECOURS FRANCAIS) through the followigng list : Liste des Conseillers Techniques Départementaux. For those who have a smartphone : install SSFAlert on it. It will give you the phone number list depending where you are !
  • person in charge of the national cave rescue organisation (SPELEO SECOURS FRANCAIS)
    Toll-Free Number: + 33 (0)800 121 123

In case of personal injury

The person who will summon emergency assistance has to be a witness of the accident. He will be able to answer the questions about place, time and circumstances of the accident.

The emergency call should also contain a minimal health report of the victim: the answers to the six questions below.

Take the time you need to collect and to write these informations before calling emergency assistance.


  • The moment and the circumstances of the accident, the precise location, the number of people involved.

For the medical check-up,  you need at least the following informations:

  1. Does the victim answer questions ?
  2. Can the victim move all his limbs ?
  3. Is the victim breathing normally ?
  4. Does the victim have a perceptible pulse ?
  5. Are there obvious wounds ?
  6. Is the victim getting weaker ?