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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

Sunday 29th Mar 10:44

The Dales Way, Conistone

The team was called out by the ambulance service to assist with a 61 year old man, who had slipped and sustained lower leg injuries. The casualty was initially treated by paramedics from the air ambulance. The team carried the casualty to a team Land Rover ambulance and then transported him to Conistone to a waiting road ambulance.

Saturday 7th Mar 14:38

Grass Woods, Grassington

The team was called out by the police to assist a casualty who had fallen in Grass Woods. The 65 year old male had sustained facial injuries. After first aid was administered he was taken to a nearby team landrover and transported to a road ambulance waiting in Grassington

Tuesday 3rd Mar 12:35

Above Lindley Wood Reservoir

The team was called out by the ambulance service to assist them with a 90 year old female casualty who had a suspected broken ankle. The air ambulance was fortunately able to transfer the casualty to a road ambulance just as the first team members were arriving. The rest of the team were stood down en route

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.


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