1. ITV Report

Caving group who saved Thai football team come to rescue of sheep stuck in Brecon Beacons

The sheep was stuck for three weeks with rescue attempts initially failing. Credit: SMWCRT

The caving group involved in the rescue of a young Thai football team have saved a sheep stuck in the Brecon Beacons.

The sheep was finally located and brought to safety after being stuck for an estimated three weeks. After initial attempts to locate the animal failed, rescuers eventually found the sheep down an eight metre hole in the Black Mountain.

Rescuers believe the sheep had been there at least 20 days. Credit: SMWCRT

A five-strong crew from the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (SMWCRT) went in search of the stuck sheep after hikers reported hearing desperate bleating sounds from underground.

The heroic rescuers are colleagues of the men who helped save 12 young Thai footballers and their coach from flooded caves in July.

All 12 boys and their coach were successfully rescued from the cave in Thailand. Credit: AP

Mark Morgan from South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team said the sheep had been trapped for three weeks before it was rescued.

While not on the same scale as the incident in Thailand, we’re pleased to report another successful rescue operation. There was a narrow opening in the ground, covered in overgrowth, but it opened out into a shaft about 25 feet deep.

– Mark Morgan, SMWCRT

The Dan Yr Ogof cave complex sits nearby and also the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.