Mountain teams thank good samaritans for rescue help

By Ariane Brumwell   |   Reporter   |
Wednesday 12th January 2022 12:00 pm
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Photos of the rescue on Pen y Fan

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Mountain rescue teams have thanked passers-by who stopped to help a walker who injured her ankle when she slipped in the snow in the Brecon Beacons.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team posted to their social media pages to thank those who helped and to let the good samaritans know that clothing used to help the casualty is safe and ready to be collected.

Brecon MRT banded together with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team to rescue the injured woman from the main path up to Pen y Fan last Wednesday, January 5.

A Brecon MRT spokesperson said: “The team were contacted by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service with a casualty on Pen y Fan who had slipped and sustained a nasty ankle injury.

“Passers-by helped the lady until team members started to arrive to warm the casualty up and assess the injury.

“The casualty was given pain relief on site, then extracted off the mountain by stretcher to an awaiting ambulance.”

Photos shared by Brecon MRT show the voluntary team with a tent around the woman as they warmed her up while shielding her from the icy winter conditions.

The team has also thanked the Central Beacons MRT team for their help in the rescue as well as the passing walker.

The spokesperson said: “If by any chance you were the passers by who helped the casualty until we arrived, we think we may have some of your clothing that was used to help warm them up.

“We have it safe and sound so please give us a message [on Facebook] to arrange collection and many thanks for your assistance.”

The Central Beacons MRT also posted about the incident to their social media pages saying: “The lady had slipped in the snowy conditions and sustained a very painful ankle injury.”

Brecon MRT paramedics and mountain rescue casualty carers both attended the woman.

The Central Beacons MRT spokesperson added: “Both teams would like to express their thanks to other walkers on the hill who had stopped to help the lady and did their best to provide her with shelter while mountain rescue assistance was requested.”

Central Beacons MRT also looked to remind walkers who are tempted to adventure into the beautiful snowy scenery of the Beacons to be careful as the winter weather can make walking conditions treacherous.

Walkers are encouraged to make sure they have proper footwear and suitable clothing.

The Central Beacons MRT spokesperson said: “The mild weather of recent days has now gone and cold wintery conditions are very much here, with snow and ice on the tops making conditions potentially treacherous underwood.

“So please, if you are thinking of heading up, make sure you are appropriately equipped with suitable clothing, footwear and equipment as well as experience for the prevailing conditions which are very different on the tops from those that might be found in the car park”.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the mountain rescue teams have not been able to host their usual fundraisers which are crucial for funding the teams equipment and fuel.

For Brecon MRT, each call out costs, on average, £550 and there are around 100 callouts per year for the team of volunteers meaning the annual running cost is approximately £55,000.

The team, which hosted two pop-up shops in the town, set up an online shop only weeks before Christmas to help raise money by selling merchandise - visit the Brecon MRT shop by clicking here.

To support either of the two voluntary rescue teams, visit their websites or their Facebook pages to access their JustGiving pages.