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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


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Date: Monday, 3 August, 2015 - 13:43

Location: Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley

Description: The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance service to assist a 72 year old lady with an injured ankle. The request came via the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. After treatment by HART team paramedics and UWFRA team members the lady was carried in a Bell stretcher down to the road. The carry was not straightforward as the descent route was steep in places and the bracken is very high at this time of year.

Attendance: 14

Man Hours: 42

Date: Sunday, 2 August, 2015 - 08:30

Location: Dibble's Bridge, Hebden

Description: The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service following a report that a cyclist had fallen 15m from Dibble's Bridge. Sadly, the cyclist had sustained fatal injuries and the team was stood down while the police accident investigation took place. The team, many of whom are active cyclists, would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

Attendance: 15

Man Hours: 45

Date: Wednesday, 29 July, 2015 - 17:23

Location: Cow and Calf, Ilkley

Description: The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance service to assist in the rescue of a 27 year old woman who had fallen and injured her leg and back. After initial treatment by YAS paramedics team members administered morphine and extracted the casualty from a tricky situation between boulders. The casualty was then placed on a spinal board and carried to a waiting road ambulance.

Attendance: 21

Man Hours: 52

Date: Saturday, 25 July, 2015 - 14:40

Location: Hawkswick Clowder

Description: The team was called out by the North Yorkshire Police after a walker had reported a sheep stuck down a narrow rift on Hawkswick Clowder between Bordley and Littondale. The team was able to drive up to the location in a Land Rover and located the sheep down a hole in a line of old mine workings. The sheep was recovered and was reported as unharmed but smelly. What the sheep thought about the caver who went down the hole to rescue it is unknown!

Attendance: 5

Man Hours: 10

Date: Thursday, 23 July, 2015 - 15:00

Location: Cow and Calf rocks, Ilkley

Description: Whilst still on scene from the previous call out the team was contacted by North Yorkshire Police to search for a missing high risk male. The team was also assisted by 11 members of the Calder Valley Search and rescue Team. The missing male was located by team members and after treatment he was carried to a waiting road ambulance.

Attendance: 15

Man Hours: 22

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