(See bottom of post for donating directly to a rescue group)
A 40-year-old American speleologist, Mark Dickey, became ill during an international expedition exploring the Morca cave in the south of Turkey. He has gastrointestinal bleeding and when the report was received, he was clearly unable to leave the approximately 1,000-meter deep cave on his own.
The ill caver is a well-known figure in the international speleological community, a highly trained caver, and a cave rescuer himself. He has participated in caving expeditions in many karst areas of the world for many years. In addition to his activities as a speleologist, he is also the secretary of the ECRA medical committee and an instructor for cave rescue organizations in the USA.
An international rescue effort is on the way and this GoFundMe is to support the logistics of aiding in this rescue.
This fundraiser is started on behalf of the National Cave Rescue Commission (for whom Mark is also an instructor) and will be distributed to the rescue teams to cover the logistical costs of aiding him out of the cave. Please note that the account for the National Cave Rescue Commission is managed by finance officer, Berta Walker. For accounting purposes, the nomenclature on the GoFundMe is reflected as such.
Direct donations to some of the rescue groups involved can be made to:
ECRA Bank Account
Please, when donate to ECRA bank account, add this text “Rescue in Morca cave” and name of the rescue service that you want to support. For example: “Rescue Morca – Turkish team” or “Morca – Turkish team”.
Bank: Zagrebačka banka
Turkish Cave Rescue Team
Bank: TURKIYE IS BANKASI A.S.
Bank account: TR16 0006 4000 0022 2030 4380 05
Name: Attila Ülgen
Swift code: ISBKTRIS
Address: IS KULELERI KULE 1 4.LEVENT, ISTANBUL
Bulgarian Rescue Team: IBAN: BG86STSA93000027833856, SWIFT: STSABGSF, Cave Rescue, Bulgaria, Bank: DSK
Croatian Rescue Team: IBAN HR3323600001101738192, SWIFT CODE : ZABAHR2X, Name: Zagrebačka banka d.d.
Hungarian Rescue team: IBAN: HU07162001370018762800000000, Magnet Bank, SWIFT: HBWEHUHB, Name: Magyar Barlangi Mentoszolgalat
The Italian CNSAS: https://www.cnsas.it/en/support-us/private-citizens/
Polish Rescue Team: https://zrzutka.pl/yhuvck