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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.


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Latest Activity

Date: Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 - 04:17

Location: Thornton Bridge

Description: The team was called out to assist Scarborough and Ryedale MRT who had been searching the riverside and surrounding area for a missing, vulnerable, 64 year old male. A small team was tasked to search wooded areas and farmland with search dogs, whilst the swift water team searched the river and banks downstream of the bridge. The casualty was located in the river, but was found to be deceased. The team retrieved the body from the river and handed him to North Yorkshire Police.

Attendance: 13

Man Hours: 65

Date: Thursday, 21 April, 2016 - 14:47

Location: Sharrow near Ripon

Description: The team was called out to asist the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with a casualty on Ripon Valley Walk. With the asistance of Swaledale MRT and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the casualty was transferred by helicopter to a road ambulance and taken to hospital.

Attendance: 8

Man Hours: 11

Date: Saturday, 9 April, 2016 - 07:38

Location: Harrogate

Description: The team was contacted by North Yorkshire Police to search for a high risk 88 year old who was missing in a woodland area to the west of Harrogate. While leaders and controllers were speaking to the police, the man was found cold and disoriented but OK.

Attendance: 0

Man Hours: 0

Date: Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 17:20

Location: Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley

Description: The team was called out by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a casualty who had slipped and fallen above the Cow and Calf rocks near Ilkley. The 68 year old male who had sustained lower leg injuries, was treated by team members and paramedics before being stretchered by the team to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Attendance: 15

Man Hours: 23

Date: Friday, 25 March, 2016 - 02:04

Location: How Stean Gorge, Nidderdale

Description: The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police, following reports that an 18 year old male had fallen into How Stean Gorge. The casualty had sustained leg and pelvic injuries. He was first treated by Yorkshire Ambulance Service HART paramedics, then he was stretchered by the team out of the gorge, to a road ambulance. The ambulance transported the patient closer to where a Coastguard helicopter had landed and the team then transferred the patient into the helicopter.

Attendance: 17

Man Hours: 68

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