Reproduced from 50 Activities for Teambuilding @ Mike Woodcock, Cower, Aldershot, 1988
CAVE RESCUE BRIEFING SHEET
You have been called to an emergency meeting as one of your company’s experiments in a cave has gone badly wrong. Six volunteers have been taken into a cave system in a remote part of the country, connected only by a radio link to the research station by the cave entrance. It was intended that the volunteers would spend four days underground, but they have been trapped by falling rocks and rising water.
The only rescue team available tells you that rescue will be extremely difficult and only one person can be brought out each hour with the equipment at their disposal. It is likely that the rapidly rising water will drown some of the volunteers before rescue can take place.
The volunteers are aware of the dangers of their plight. They have contacted the research station using radio link and said that they are unwilling to take a decision as to the sequence by which they will be rescued. The responsibility for making this decision now rests with your committee.
Lifesaving equipment will arrive in fifty minutes at the cave entrance and you will need to advise the team of the order for rescue by completing the ranking sheet. The only information you have available is drawn from the project files and is reproduced on the volunteer personal details sheet. You may use any criteria you think fit to help you make a decision.
Volunteer 1: Helen
Helen is 34 years old and a housewife. She has four children aged between 7 months and 8 years. Her hobbies are ice skating and cooking. She lives in a pleasant house in Gloucester, and was born in England. Helen is known to have developed a romantic and sexual relationship with another volunteer (Owen).
Volunteer 2: Tozo
Tozo is 19 years old and a sociology student at Keele University. She is the daughter of wealthy Japanese parents who live in Tokyo. Her father is an industrialist who is...