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Andy Coast to Coast

Message from Jeremy Daggett, UWFRA president

Congratulations to Andy on his achievement of running the coast to coast in 3 days and to all who helped him

About The Team

For over 60 years the U.W.F.R.A. has been rescuing people and animals from the caves and fells around Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and Mid-Airedale.

Landrover & Seaking
Casbag & Stretcher
Cave Entrance
Cave Rescue
Cave Rescue II
Crag Top Rescue
Landrover & Fire Engine
Landrover and  Fire Engine
Landrover & Sea King
Muddy Cavers

The majority of its work involves attending incidents involving people or animals in difficulty in caves, potholes, mineshafts, on fells, crags or anywhere not accessible to the normal Emergency Services.

The team is made up of over 80 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year.

Its membership live in "the Dale" or travel from as far away as Leeds or Bradford and are prepared to respond to a callout at any time of the day or night and in the worst of weather conditions.  Whilst it has been called to assist at major national incidents, such as the Lockerbie air crash, it has also had its own difficult rescues, such as the successful extraction of 2 trapped cavers through 200 metres of flooded passage at Sleets Gill. Rescuing exhausted and injured cavers and fell walkers who are lost or have broken bones is more the norm. The Association's activities also involve helping local farmers, usually with, livestock stranded on crags, in mineshafts, rivers or snow

 Patron: Lord Crathorne KCVO. H.M Lord Lieutenant

Latest Callouts

Sunday 14th Sep 16:40


The team was called by North Yorkshire Police to locate a lost walker believed to be somewhere on Hawkswick Moor. The lady had been walking from Arncliffe to Kettlewell and had lost the path and become extremely distressed. Fortunately, as the search was just getting under way, the lady was found by a local runner who brought her down to Hawkswick. After a cup of tea she was driven back to her car in Kettlewell in a team vehicle.

Friday 12th Sep 13:20


The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist a woman who had a suspected broken leg. The lady had been walking with her dogs on the Dales Way above Kettlewell when the cows trampled her despite releasing the dogs. After treatment by an air ambulance paramedic she was transported by helicopter to a waiting road ambulance where she was transferred with the assistance of team members.

Sunday 7th Sep 11:45

Brimham Rocks

The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a fallen climber who had sustained a broken collar bone and suspected back injuries. On arrival at Brimham Rocks the team was stood down as the casualty was about to be evacuated by air ambulance.

Saturday 23rd Aug 15:00


The team was contacted by the Cave Rescue Organisation to assist after a diver was reported collapsed / injured beyond a 150m flooded passage in the disused Aber Las Mine. The team provided a diver plus technical diving equipment which was flown by RAF helicopter from Clapham to the mine. Sadly, a body was discovered about 300m from the entrance and was recovered by divers from the Cave Diving Group including an UWFRA member.

Tuesday 12th Aug 14:00

Brimham Rocks

The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a lady who had fallen on the rocks and had a suspected back / shoulder injury. After attendance by the Air Ambulance it was decided that she was able to walk to the road ambulance for transfer to hospital.


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