Film ID:
YFA 4318

CAVE RESCUE (NUMBER 2)

c.1964

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Description

Made by Edward Winpenny, this film documents the work of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. It features a cave rescue and includes voice overs by members of the Rescue Team and a couple of young men who had to be rescued by the them.

The film opens with a white cross on a sign and written on the sign is `Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Assoc'. There is a shot of a wooden building and inside it are numerous mountain rescue items including: hard hats, back packs with clothing and food, ropes, hiking sticks and tools.

A voice over says that he got involved in mountain rescue due to the nature of his work and that he doesn't know if he asked to join the team or if they asked him.

The next shot starts with some of the rescue team carrying a stretcher away from the camera and out the door of the building. The team walk back and forth to the door packing items into a van which is parked just outside.

Another voice over says that he joined because he heard that there was money in mountain rescue but he found out that you were actually paying money out all the time.

The next shot is taken from outside looking in the door at the rescuers loading up the van. One of the men stands in the doorway ticking items off a list.

Another voice over says that he was into potholing and that he wanted to be able to help people if they got stuck.

The men stand in front of a map which covers a wall; one of the men is giving instructions to the rest of them. Then they all run out the door of the building, get into their vans and drive away.

A young man lies in a cave with an injured ankle; another young man is with him; the camera cuts back to shot of the vans driving along a country road at speed.

A voice over says that you don't take part in rescues just because they are there, but because it's doing something a little bit different from everyone else.

Shots of the team running from their vans over to piles of first aid packs and other items, picking an item up and heading down into the cave.

A voice over talks about his first call out; it was only a short while after he was accepted into the team. He remembers how nervous and apprehensive he was.

There is a shot taken from inside the cave looking up at the team members filing into the tunnel and walking past. A man unravels lengths of telephone cable as he makes his way in. Some other men squeeze through narrow passages and crawl under low ceilings

A few other men talk about their first call out and how excited or scared each of them had been.

There are shots taken from different angles and in different tunnels, following what the different team members have to do to get to the victim. They clamber through water, tie ropes around themselves and one man throws a rope ladder over a cliff and climbs down.

In the following shot an ambulance drives along the country road, past the rescue vans and stops near the camera; the ambulance driver gets out of the vehicle.

A man talks about the time that himself and his friend needed to be rescued and how they worried more about their parents and the rescue team that had to come and get them.

There is a shot taken from one end of a cave tunnel looking into a narrower tunnel; a group of rescuers file past the camera and head into the tunnel on the way to the location of the victim. There are shots of two other rescuers, most likely the medics on the team, they wait outside and prepare food until they are called to bring a stretcher to the injured person.

The next shot is taken from inside the caves as the rescuers all climb down to the area where the injured young men are waiting. They give the young men cups of soup and then strap the injured man into the stretcher.

The voice over talks of how kind the rescuers were to them and instead of being annoyed with them, they gave them soup.

The rescuers strap the man securely into the stretcher and move off with him. A young man, up nearer the surface, makes a call to another man who is at the entrance to the cave. This man in turn calls the men who are outside and standing near the waiting police car.

The voice over says that the worst job must be the person with the emergency phone who has to sit in the cold, dark cave until a siren lets them know to call to the men above.

The rescue team drags the stretcher along the tunnels, up the cliffs and then have to work out how to get the stretcher under the water beneath a piece of jutting down rock. They put an oxygen mask on the injured young man and some of the team hold their breaths and go under the water. They drag the stretcher with them until it is clear of the low roof. The stretcher is eventually brought to where the ropes will hoist it up and out of the cave. Then the team have to go back and do the same with the second young man.

The voice over talks about the couple of treacherous moments on the rescue and how the team all pulled together to help each other. He also says that you need to be quite fit in order to be able to stand the cold temperature and the length of time that you could be under ground for.

One of the team takes two piece of metal out of a box, screws them together and fixes them onto the rock wall. He then attaches a rope and a hook to the metal pole; the rope is used to pull the stretcher around a narrow bend. There are more shots of the team carrying the stretcher through the rest of the tunnels.

One of the men giving the voice over says that the big problem with doing this kind of work is that you get home so late and that you are so tired, your actual job suffers and you lose money.

There are more shots taken on the tough journey back through the caves and tunnels to safety.

One of the team talks about the problem of flooding in caves; he says that they bring phone lines into the caves so that they can alert people if the water rises. He said that they also have ways to reduce the amount of water that flow into a space.

A voice over tells of what he saw when he was rescued and was eventually brought out of the cave. He said that there was a fire, soup, cigarettes and their parents waiting for them at the camp.

The injured young man in the stretcher is given a cigarette by one of the rescuers, and is then brought across the field, over a wall and to safety. The team sit down with a flask and one of the men turns off the light on his helmet.

The last voice over says that when he is wet, dirty and cold after a rescue he asks himself why he does it? But that when they get the next call out, he is looking forward to going again.

Title-Acknowledgements, West Riding County Constabulary, West Riding Ambulance Service, Chloride Batteries Ltd., J.A.Richardson (Electrical) Ltd.

Title-Acknowledgements, West Riding County Constabulary, West Riding Ambulance Service, Chloride Batteries Ltd., J.A.Richardson (Electrical) Ltd.

Title-Donald Robinson- Schoolmaster

David Proctor-Engineer

Paul Barnard-Schoolboy

Desmond Birch-schoolmaster

David Easterby-builder

**Underground Team

Title-Andrew Plunkett-Technician

Paul Reinsch-Schoolmaster

Norman Shorrock-Printer

Keith Strutt-Sub.Postmaster

Dane Swires-Salesman

Richard Yeomans-Engineer

**underground team

Title-Technical Team
Edward Winpenny-Stills

Joe Tattersall-Art work

L. Richardson-Electrician

Sound group Leeds University-Recording

Title-Technical Team

Peter Jackson-Direction, Photography, Editing