Mountain Rescue Team has 'busiest ever' start to a year

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team says it responded to 124 incidents in 2016 - making it the busiest year ever in its 54 year history.

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In the first 3 months of this year, the team has already responded to 43 calls for help, which points to 2017 being another busy year.

It says while some of the 43 calls have been to support neighbouring rescue teams (Brecon, Longtown and Western Beacons), a factor for the rise is likely to be the different types of incidents to which the volunteers are called.

Mountain Rescue Teams are initially associated with hillwalkers, climbers and mountain bikers in the National Parks, but nearly half of the incidents we’ve been called to so far this year have been to assist the Police in the South Wales valley towns and villages, be it searches and rescues of vulnerable missing people as well as carrying out a number of animal rescues from the valley tops.

– Huw Jones, Deputy Team Leader