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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


Latest Callouts

Friday 27th Feb 14:55

Between Thorpe and Burnsall

The team was called out by the ambulance service to assist with a female casualty on the footpath between Thorpe and Burnsall, who had slipped and had a suspected broken ankle. The team carried the casualty to a landrover and transported her to a waiting road ambulance.

Saturday 21st Feb 17:20

Beamsley Beacon

The Team was called out by the police to search for a couple lost on Beamsley Beacon, one of whom had a suspected sprained ankle.
The couple were located by members of the Team and were escorted off the hill.

Saturday 7th Feb 18:10

Pannal, Harrogate

The team was called to assist the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in carrying an injured male from the Sandy Bank area back to the Ambulance on the road. There was a number of Police on scene and the first team members to arrive assisted them and the YAS crew with the carry. With the casualty in the Ambulance the remainder of the team was stood down en route.

Saturday 17th Jan 14:00


The team was initially called out to assist the ambulance service at Hawkswick, just before the team left headquarters the incident location was changed to Malham. The call was passed to our neighbouring team the Cave Rescue Organisation and the team stood down with some members en route.


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