Gibraltar Museum works with Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service to clear up Gorham’s Cave

THE Gibraltar Museum in collaboration with Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has been working to clear the Gorham’s Cave complex of debris washed up by the sea. The needed specialist skills to finalise the job entailed the removal of old ropes laid out many years ago to access the higher crevices.

A specialist team of climbers and abseilors from the GFRS, in conjunction with the Gibraltar Museum’s Caving Unit (GMCU) and led by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Colin Ramirez and Divisional Officer for Operations and Training Matthew Payas, climbed up to the cave roof using their ropes and ladders to remove the derelict items.

Professor Clive Finlayson, Director of the Gibraltar Museum thanked the team for their efforts which has now left the site ready for a UNESCO World Heritage bid. “I am delighted with the support received from the GFRS. It has completed the job and it has been done at the highest professional level. It is highly satisfying to have different sectors of our community coming forward to make our World Heritage bid a success.”

The Gibraltar Museum is confident that Gibraltar’s UNESCO World Heritage Bid is progressing in a positive way and is hopeful of success when the World Heritage committee makes its final decision next summer.

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