Cave Rescue Organisation
Saving lives above & below ground in the Yorkshire Dales www.cro.org.uk/
CRO responds to requests for cave rescue assistance from the Police, and operates primarily within the North Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cumbria area, although it is available for deployment elsewhere in support of other teams.
The main area includes the very popular and extensive Easegill cave system in addition to the Leck Fell and Kingsdale caves, and Three Peaks area including Gaping Gill. The caves are extremely varied in nature, and range from simple, beginners’ caves to complex multi-pitch systems that are wet and arduous
Although there are usually less cave rescues than mountain rescues in any year, cave rescues are often far more demanding on manpower and equipment.
The Cave Rescue team also provides mountain rescue cover within the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales, including Malham and Gordale.
Mountain Rescue incidents have gradually increased over recent decades and now usually form the primary workload in terms of number of call outs.
The types of incident include: Searches for walkers missing or overdue, often benighted with no torch. Rescues of injured walkers and rock climbers, often due to a slip or fall.