Man exploring disused mine rescued after 15 hours underground

Photo: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

A man has to be rescued from a disused mine after becoming disorientated while exploring the system.

Police called out volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT) on Saturday night amid concerns for the man’s welfare.

It was thought the man, from Merseyside, had been exploring a mine known as Wet Grooves, near Woodhall, in Wensleydale.

After an initial search above ground by police and SMRT members, volunteers rescuers went underground and soon found the missing man, who confirmed he had got lost in the complex section of old mine workings.

In total, he spent around 15 hours underground.

The man was reported to be very cold but otherwise uninjured.

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