13th European Cave Rescue Meeting – First Circular

The 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting is going to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 14th to 17th  November 2019.

International collaboration will be the focus.

This meeting is organized by the Speleological Federation of Turkey (Mağara Kurtarma Komisyonu – Cave Rescue Commission, Turkey) on behalf of the European Cave Rescue Organization.

Please, fulfilled the registration form for the 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting.
First Circular for the 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey 2019, in pdf format.


After the extraordinary big event in the last year we will have again a smaller but balanced framework for our meeting.

The program offers workshops on technical topics, passage widening, a diving exercise and last but not least a round table discussing the future of international collaboration.

Soon more information will be available. Pease visit our website www.caverescue.eu or send us an email on info@caverescue.eu.

Please note the date for ECRA meeting in your diary!
We are looking forward to meet you in Istanbul.

The Organizing Committee


Date / Time Session Duration
Thu, 14.11.2019 Arrival
Fri, 15.11.2019

Day 1

9:00-9:15 Opening
Dinko NOVOSEL, President
9:15 – 12:00 Cave Search and Rescue Modul
Workshop, Maks MERELA / SLO-JRS
How is a team sent?
12:00 – 13:30 — Lunch 1:30
13:30 – 15:30 13 International cave rescue network
Round Table
15:30 – 16:00 — Break 0:30
16:00 – 17:30 Important cave rescue operations
Presentations by the members
each member presents their material, national legislation, frame conditions
18:00 – 19:00 — Dinner 1:00
Sat, 16.11.2019

Day 2

9:00 – 12:00 Practical Efficiency
Technical Workshop, Giuseppe CONTI, Tech. Comm.
9:00 – 16:00 Diving Exercise
Robert ANZIC / Diving Commission
12:00 – 13:30 — Lunch 1:30
13:30 – 15:30 Enlarging passages
Workshop, Werner ZAGLER / Xpl0s!vs Committee
15:30 – 16:00 — Break 0:30
16:00 – 17:00 Rescue experience in a water cave
Presentation, Andrew MUNOZ / CAN
17:00 – 19:00 GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2:00
19:00 – 20:00 — Dinner 1:00
20:00 – 24:00 — Party – Party – Party
Sun, 17.11.2019 Departure


Istanbul, Uni Campus

Meeting Location: Big meeting room
Exercise area: Fire Tower

The event locations are close together and can be reached within a few minutes.

Participation fee and accommodation

The participation fee is 50 EUR and can be paid during registration of participants.

The participation fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner during the ECRA meeting. Accommodation on improvised campsite of the meeting place is available. Please take your own campsite equipment.

Official Language

The official language of the European Cave Rescue Meeting 2019 is English.
No simultaneous translation will be provided.


All presentations must be written in English.
The presentations must be provided one week before the meeting to info@caverescue.eu.


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

Arrival and Departure

By plane, train, Bus or private.



Organizing committee

Emre Can GUZEL
Responsible, Speleological Federation of Turkey,
SFT, Turkey

President of ECRA, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, HGSS, Croatia

Vice President of ECRA, The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps, CNSAS, Italy

General Secretary of ECRA, Austrian Cave Rescue Association, ÖHR, Austria

Giuseppe CONTI
Chairperson of Technical commission of ECRA
National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps, CNSAS, Italy

Chairperson of Medical commission of ECRA
Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, HGSS, Croatia

Robert ANZIC
Chairperson of Cave-diving commission of ECRA
Cave Rescue Service of Slovenia, JRS, Slovenia

Responsible for ECRA web visibility
Cave Rescue Bulgaria, CRB, Bulgaria


Dinko NOVOSEL, President
E-mail: dinko.novosel@gmail.com, Phone: +385 91 517 94 31

Alberto UBERTINO, Vice President
E-mail: alberto@tessituraubertino.com, Phone: +39 335 600 90 58

Kurt Dennstedt, General Secretary
E-mail: kurt.dennstedt@oehr.at, Phone: +43 680 230 00 25