11th European Cave Rescue Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria

The 11th European Cave Rescue Meeting is going to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria between 5th – 8th October 2017.

Organized by Cave Rescue Bulgaria on behalf of the European Cave Rescue Association.

Topics for this year’s European Cave Rescue Meeting are:

  • Improvement of existing collaboration in operation level, how to deal with authorities, discussion about bilateral agreements between cave rescue services.
  • Self-rescue – technical specifications and recommendations.
  • Medical meeting.
  • Technical testing of equipment and maneuvers.
  • Cave diving exercise in Dushnika cave, with the participation of rescuers and cave rescue divers.

First Circular: 11th European Cave Rescue Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria 2017

Pre-meeting program

28th September to 1th October
Cave Rescue Bulgaria is organizing an international cave rescue training in caves near Sofia. Everyone is welcome to participate.

2th to 4th October
Caving trips, including visits of the longest cave in Bulgaria (Duhla, 18 km). Mountain trips: Musala peak (2925 m, Rila Mountain – the highest peak on Balkan Peninsula); Vihren (2914 m, Pirin Mountain).

The meeting place

National Education Center of the Red Cross, Bulgaria

Polovrag Str. 31,
Dolni Lozen,

Participation fee

The participation fee is 50 EUR and can be paid during registration of participants. Participation fee include: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The official language of the European Cave Rescue Meeting 2017 is English. All presentations should be written in English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.


No visa is required from citizens of most European countries. Please consult the Bulgarian Embassy in your country if in doubt. If needed, the participants can request a letter of invitation by e-mail: info@caverescue.bg

The complete information about the venue, accommodation, program and pre-meeting program as well as the registration form will be sent by the end of March.

Please note the date for ECRA meeting in your diary!

We are looking forward to meet you in Sofia.

Organizing committee

Dinko Novosel, President of ECRA, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Cave Rescue Commission
Alberto Ubertino, Vice President of ECRA, The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS)
Kurt Dennstedt, General-secretary of ECRA, Austrian Cave Rescue Association

Antoniya Vlaykova, Cave Rescue Bulgaria
Vladimir Georgiev, Cave Rescue Bulgaria
Max Merela, Cave Rescue Service of Slovenia
Pete Allwright, British Cave Rescue Council

Cave diving team
Aleksandar Stoev, Cave Rescue Bulgaria
Niki Tomov, Cave Rescue Bulgaria
Robert Anžič, Cave Rescue Service of Slovenia
Ivica Ćukušić, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Cave Rescue Commission

Medical team
Benzhamen Menteshev, Cave Rescue Bulgaria
Ueli Neageli, Speleo Secours Suisse
Lana Đonlagić, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service