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Walker who fell 500ft on Pen y Fan reunited with hero firefighter who saved his life

Mountain Rescue had to save Adam Phillips after he fell from the top of Pen y Fan. Credit: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

A walker who fell 500 feet from the top of Pen y Fan has been reunited with the firefighter who saved his life.

Adam Phillips had to be rescued from the mountain after chasing his dog off the edge of the summit. As he started to look for his dog he slipped and fell 160 meters down the north side of the Brecon mountain.

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The number of callouts Mountain Rescue receive every year.

Rescuer Lyndon Rees says he didn't expect to find Adam alive.

"I didn't expect it to be a rescue, I expected it to be a recovery, recovering a body not a rescue. Pictures don't show the vertical drop true justice. It's an incredible fall. Very rocky, very tough rugged terrain and how he survived is phenomenal."

It took Brecon Mountain Rescue 20 minutes to get to him. Credit: Mountain Rescue

After falling Adam had come to rest on tiny ledge and it took a small team of people around 20 minutes to get to him.

Adam was reunited with the team at Mountain Rescue who saved his life. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

"As I went further down and faster and started tumbling I thought I was going to die so I can't thank them enough to be honest, I've got three kids at home and a wife you know things could have been a lot worse if they didn't get there and if it weren't people like Lyndon and Darren, it could have been a lot worse. It's unbelievable the work they do and they are putting their lives on the line to help other people."