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UWFRA is made up of over 60 well trained and well equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers and is on call 365 days a year. Our membership live in the Dales 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 in the worst of weather conditions.

UWFRA is a registered charity. Like other mountain and cave rescue teams in the UK it receives no funding from central Government. The team is run entirely by volunteers and has no paid members of staff.


Some words of thanks from those we've helped


Latest Activity

Date: Saturday, 22 April, 2017 - 21:45

Location: Swan Dike Pot, Pen-y-ghent Gill

Description: The team was called by North Yorkshire Police at 21.45 on Saturday night to investigate a party of four cavers who were overdue in Swan Dike Pot, above Pen-y-ghent gill. Two of the party had made their way out of the cave and reported that one member of the party was stuck behind a tight section of passage. The team was assisted by CRO and after several hours the casualty was assisted through the constriction and was on the surface by 05.00 on Sunday morning. Safe and well. The team then de-rigged the cave and returned to base. We would like to thank CRO for their assistance and Swaledale MRT for being on standby.

Attendance: 22

Man Hours: 200

Date: Saturday, 8 April, 2017 - 19:07

Location: Whitewells, Ilkley

Description: The team was called out by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 22 year old female who had fallen and injured her ankle. Fortunately, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was able to land near the casualty, and transported her to a waiting road ambulance. The team was then stood down en route.

Attendance: 11

Man Hours: 11

Date: Friday, 7 April, 2017 - 08:49

Location: Bolton Abbey

Description: The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable woman who had last been seen three days previously at Bolton Abbey. Police and UWFRA search teams were deployed in and around the river and surrounding countryside. The woman's body was eventually located in the river.Our deepest condolences go to her family and friends.

Attendance: 23

Man Hours: 168

Date: Monday, 3 April, 2017 - 12:05

Location: Sharp Haw

Description: Today the team were call by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assitist with a male found in the woods at Sharp Haw. The people who made the call to YAS attemped resussiation but when the Air Ambulance crew arrive on scene they confirmed that the man was deacesed. The team carried the man off the fell for North Yorkshire Police. Our deepest condolances go to the family.

Attendance: 14

Man Hours: 39

Date: Sunday, 2 April, 2017 - 11:40

Location: Cracoe

Description: The team was called out by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a cyclist who had fallen near Cracoe. Team leaders were responding when YAS stood the team down.

Attendance: 3

Man Hours: 1

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