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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.

Casbag & Stretcher
Cave Entrance
Cave Rescue
Landrover & Seaking
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

Monday 15th Dec 15:30


The Team was called out by NYP requesting assistance in the search for a person who had gone missing in the Thruscross Reservoir area. We arrived on scene just as the light was fading and spent several hours searching the local area and access tracks across the moors. With nothing found and no leads on where to search next the team stood down pending further information and daylight. The missing person was located safe and well having walked a considerable distance beyond our search areas. The search was assisted by 2 SARDA (E) search dogs.

33 + 2 SARDA
Sunday 14th Dec 12:30


The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to assist with a 79 year old male suffering with chest pain. He was walking on the Pennine Way near Cowling. Local members and members of CVSRT arrived on the scene quickly and assisted with the Air Ambulance. The rest of the team was stood down whilst still en route.(Updated)

15 + 2CVSRT
Monday 24th Nov 02:00


The team was called out by the North Yorkshire Police requesting assistance in locating a 70 year old woman who had gone missing in the Ripon area. The casualty was located by NYFRS swift water teams down a steep bank next to the River Ure at around 03.15 and the Team deployed a stretcher party to the location. Once the casualty had been loaded on to our stretcher she was extracted up the bank and carried back to the Ripon bypass to RV with the YAS ambulance.

Thursday 13th Nov 12:30

Middlesmoor Pasture, Kettlewell

The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a collapsed male on Middlesmoor Pasture. Sadly the casualty was confirmed a fatality by an air ambulance paramedic as the team arrived on scene. At the request of the North Yorkshire Police the team then recovered the casualty to a waiting road ambulance in Kettlewell.

Saturday 8th Nov 14:15


The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 78 year old male who was reported to have collapsed on a footpath near Hetton. Unfortunately, the location was a bit vague but the casualty was eventually located on the path towards Flasby and was taken to a waiting road ambulance.


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