Schoolchildren commended following Beacons rescue

Friday 17th June 2022 6:00 am
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A Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team vehicle inset over Trig point on Twyn Mwyalchod
A Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team vehicle inset over Trig point on Twyn Mwyalchod (Central Beacons MRT and Alan Bowring on Geograph )

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A group of schoolchildren rescued from the Brecon Beacons after becoming disorientated in low cloud have been commended for their ‘responsible actions’ in calling for help.

The Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team were called out to Twyn Mwyalchod last Thursday after the children became lost during their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition.

After low cloud and rain descended on the group, they soon realised they were unsure of their location, so they called 999.

The rescue team said they did the right thing by stopping so that ‘their situation didn’t get any worse’.

A spokesperson for the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team said: “They were able to call 999 and asked for the Police and Mountain Rescue and were able to give the police call handler a good indication of their position. They stayed at that location and stayed together whilst waiting for assistance to arrive.

“As the team were already assembled at the base for our usual Thursday evening training this allowed resources to be dispatched rapidly into the Neuadd valley and a hasty party quickly reached the group.

“Once it was established no one was injured, the party was warmed up, gathered up all of their equipment and were guided back down into the safety of the valley.”

The group were then transported around to their intended overnight camping spot to meet up with school staff.

Allowing for their mishap, the group were commended for their responsible actions in making the call, as well as their good humour and politeness in being rescued.

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