Cavers rescued near Ingleton

Rescuers have freed a group who became trapped by rising water in a North Yorkshire cave.

Eight teenagers and three adults, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, became trapped in the cave in the Ingleton area.

They got stuck in Lower Long Churn cave, near Selside, just before 1pm yesterday and could only be led out by the Cave Rescue Organisation at about 6pm when there was a dip in water levels, which had been swelled by heavy rain.

In a statement, North Yorkshire Police said: “The group had to remain in the cave until the water levels dropped off sufficiently for members of the Cave Rescue Organisation to enter and bring them to safety.

“Precautionary medical checks were carried out by paramedics and all those involved were declared fit and well.

“With assistance from North Yorkshire County Council, a respite centre was set up at Settle College where concerned family members gathered as they waited for the water levels to reduce before the rescue effort could be carried out.”