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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

 Patron: Lord Crathorne KCVO. H.M Lord Lieutenant

Latest Callouts

Sunday 13th Apr 14:00

On footpath from Kettlewell to Arncliffe.

North Yorkshire Police requested team assistance in dealing with a 16 year old male who was suffering a severe asthma attack on the ridge between the two dales. He was stretchered down to where a team land rover had managed to reach and driven down to Arncliffe.

Tuesday 1st Apr 11:42

Above Dale Head Farm, Barden

The team was called by the ambulance service to carry an injured female off the fell above Dale Head Farm to the road ambulance

Monday 31st Mar 10:15


The team was called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a missing young female however was stood down as she was found and safe

Sunday 23rd Mar 12:30

White Crag, Silsden.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service requested assistance dealing with a male (fiftyish) trials biker who had a fractured femur and suspected neck and back injuries. He was stretchered by team members to where the Air Ambulance had managed to land.

Friday 14th Mar 07:00

Cow and Calf rocks, Ilkley

The team received a request from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team to assist in the search for a missing at-risk 50 year old male. He was located by the police helicopter and carried by members of both teams to an air ambulance for evacuation


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