Post by Sharon Faulkner on Sept 6, 2006 7:36:23 GMT -5
Dales rescue organisations are kept busy
By Lindsey Moore
September 6, 2006
CAVE rescuers were kept busy on Saturday when torrential rain fell across the Dales. Members of the Cave Rescue Organisation overcame incorrect map references to track down an injured walker on Penyghent at 4pm. They helped ambulance staff to locate a 43-year-old woman from Doncaster who had sustained a leg injury. A spokesman for the group urged members of the public to carry a map, compass, warm clothing and shelter.
Four hours later members also went to the aid of a group of stranded cavers in Alum Pot, Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The four potholers, who were aged between 48 and 60 and from Greater Manchester, had been cut off by flood water. Rescuers used ropes and safety equipment to bring them to the surface.
Meanwhile 33 members of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association were called out at 6.30 pm when four cavers failed to emerge from Hagg Gill cave near Buckden. The potholers - a male and female in their 50s and two men aged 25 and 30 - were trapped by rising flood water. "Fortunately, as the team arrived at the cave entrance, the cavers had managed to exit the cave along a passage that had only a tiny airspace remaining and a strong current constantly threatening to sweep them away. The cavers were shaken but uninjured," said a spokesman for UWFRA.Article