Walton Colliery, July 3, 1975: Mine rescue teams from Walton and Rothwell, who were involved in the Lofthouse Colliery disaster, gave underwater demonstrations at the reservoir at Walton Colliery near Wakefield.
The teams are shown with a stretcher under the supervision of John Dawes, assistant supervisor at Wakefield Mines Rescue Station.
The Lofthouse disaster claimed the lives of seven miners, who died when the seam they were working on was engulfed by millions of gallons of rushing water. Known as an ‘inrush’, it happened at 2.30am on March 21, 1973. Relatives and rescue teams spent six days searching for survivors. The disaster led to a number of important safety changes to do with mining.