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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.

Landrover & Seaking
Casbag & Stretcher
Cave Entrance
Cave Rescue
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

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.

Wednesday 5th Nov 14:15

Brimham Rocks

The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a casualty at Brimham Rocks. A lady had fallen approximately 5m near Noticeboard Wall and was on a ledge with lower back and leg injuries. After treatment by paramedics the casualty was transferred to a Bell stretcher and carried with some difficulty to the Air Ambulance.

Saturday 1st Nov 13:00


The Team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting assistance with the evacuation of a casualty who had fallen at the Cow and Calf near Ilkley. Local members arrived on scene quickly and assisted in moving the casualty into the Air Ambulance. The team vehicles were then stood down whilst still on route.

Wednesday 15th Oct 14:00

Simon's Seat

The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to rescue a sheep reported cragfast on Simon's Seat above Howgill. Team members searched the gulleys by abseil and then conducted an extensive search below the crags but the sheep appeared to have performed a self rescue - ewe-dini perhaps?


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