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Meet one of the courageous mountain rescue teams of the Brecon Beacons

Hundreds of people get stranded on mountains and hills in Wales and each year the figures increase. But who are the army of qualified volunteers that potentially put their own lives on the line to help the rest of us when we get into trouble?

In the latest report in our special series on volunteers around Wales, our Correspondent Joanna Simpson went to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue to meet the courageous team.


Soldier in Brecon training exercise suffered 'multiple organ failure'

Corporal James Dunsby died on 30th July after collapsing on a training exercise Credit: MOD

A third soldier who died following an SAS reservist training exercise in the Brecon Beacons suffered multiple organ failure, an inquest has heard.

Corporal James Dunsby died in hospital 17 days after collapsing on Pen Y Fan on 13th July. Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts also died in the incident.

The opening of an inquest into Cpl Dunsby's death at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard that the 31 year old was one of six soldiers to collapse on Pen Y Fan.

Coroner Louise Hunt said a post-mortem found his died of "multiple organ failure." The inquest was adjourned until September. A full inquest into the deaths of all three men will be held at a later date.

Third TA soldier dies following Brecon Beacons training exercise

The Ministry of Defence has announced that a third army reserve soldier injured during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons earlier this month has died from his injuries.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a third army reserve soldier injured during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons has died of his injuries. The family have asked for a period of grace before he is named and request that this is respected by the media.

– Ministry of Defence spokesperson


Soldiers given 'emergency device' to call for assistance during training

Police and military experts investigating the deaths of two soldiers in the Brecon Beacons are looking at whether emergency systems put in place by the Army were activated.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno and a second unnamed colleague were issued with an emergency device to call for assistance. But they died during a training exercise on the weekend. Hannah Thomas reports.

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Brecon reservist 'died in pursuit of his dream'

A reservist who died alongside a colleague during an assessment for the Territorial Army's SAS section on the hottest day of the year was pursuing his dream, his family said today. Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during a military exercise in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday.

In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence today, Mr Roberts's father Kelvin said:

We are all devastated at the loss of our beloved Craig; this has left a massive hole in all our lives.

We wholeheartedly supported Craig in his military endeavours and it gives us some comfort, though great sadness, that he died in the pursuit of his dream.

Next month Craig was due to start a new post in the office of the Secretary of State for Education and we were all very proud of him.

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