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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

Saturday 23rd Aug 15:00


The team was contacted by the Cave Rescue Organisation to assist after a diver was reported collapsed / injured beyond a 150m flooded passage in the disused Aber Las Mine. The team provided a diver plus technical diving equipment which was flown by RAF helicopter from Clapham to the mine. Sadly, a body was discovered about 300m from the entrance and was recovered by divers from the Cave Diving Group including an UWFRA member.

Tuesday 12th Aug 14:00

Brimham Rocks

The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a lady who had fallen on the rocks and had a suspected back / shoulder injury. After attendance by the Air Ambulance it was decided that she was able to walk to the road ambulance for transfer to hospital.

Saturday 2nd Aug 07:00


The team was called out by the CRO to assist in the search for a missing diabetic male. Whilst the team was assembling on Malham Moor to search the area north of Stockdale Lane the man was reported found and the team was stood down.

Thursday 24th Jul 17:29

Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley

The team was called by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a 25 year old female who had fractured her leg. After treatment by paramedics the casualty was stretchered by team members to the waiting road ambulance.

Wednesday 23rd Jul 16:00


The team was alerted by a walker to the predicament of a lamb trapped 4m down a hole. The lamb was freed by team members with the assistance of a local farmer who helped transport kit up the hill.


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