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Mountain rescue teams experiencing busiest time in their history

Mountain rescue teams in the Brecon Beacons say they're experiencing the busiest time in their history.

Since the start of July, Brecon Mountain Rescue Team alone has been called to 30 incidents, and is now on course for its busiest year in nearly half a century.

Our Correspondent Hannah Thomas spent the day with the team to find out why they're seeing such a spike in demand.


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Woman in critical condition after Cefn Sidan rescue

The women were thought to have been cut off by the tide at around 5pm Credit: ITV News

Two women have been rescued after being cut off by the sea on the coast of Carmarthenshire.

Police, coastguards and the RNLI were called to Cefn Sidan beach just before 5pm yesterday evening.

One woman, said to be in a critical condition, was airlifted by the RAF to Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

The other was taken by ambulance to West Wales General Hospital.

Two men walking on Snowdon rescued

Two 25-year-old men walking on Snowdon after a fresh fall of snow were rescued this afternoon after getting into difficulty.

The pair, from Walsall, did not have ice axes or crampons and got stuck at an altitude of 2,500ft on the Crib Goch ridge.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey was unable to reach them because of cloud, so four members of Llanberis mountain rescue team attended to escort the men safely off the mountain.

Man rescued at Holyhead port

The emergency services were called at 4.30am Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A man's been rescued at Holyhead Port after being found clinging to a rope.

The town's inshore lifeboat and coastguards went to his aid after a member of the RNLI, heard shouts for help at around 4.30am.

Rescuers said the man, in his late 20s and believed to be from Manchester was 'extremely lucky.'

A coastguard spokesman said, "There is no indication as to how he got into the water and what he was doing in the secure port area."

He was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to Bangor hospital suffering with suspected hypothermia.


Walker thanks crew who saved his life

Peter has little memory of the rescue. Credit: SAC Gina, Edgcumbe, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

An reunion's been held at RAF Valley on Anglesey between a hill walker and the crew of a rescue helicopter who saved his life.

Peter Mincher from Wolverhampton fell whilst walking in Snowdonia and sustained serious injuries in May this year.

RAF Valley's duty SAR crew was sent to reach Peter and members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team.

But thick cloud meant winchman Sgt Pete Wood (right) had to leave the aircraft and guide pilot Flt Lt Rob Jones (left) up the mountain, avoiding rocks as the helicopter hover-taxied.

Mr Mincher was loaded on board and process reversed to fly him to hospital.

Mr Mincher's dog Sooty bolted during the rescue and, after surviving on pools of rainwater, was found 10 days later by members of the Ogwen Valley MRT.

Dramatic rescue at Conwy Castle

The tourist was taken to hospital in Bangor Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

For the first time in its 800-year history a rescue has been carried out from a famous castle by RAF helicopter.

It happened yesterday after a tourist stumbled on steps in one of the eight towers at Conwy Castle.

The man, 41-years-old and from Stoke-on-Trent, dislocated his knee but a spiral staircase made it impossible for an ambulance crew to carry him down by stretcher.

However a paramedic was able to re-set the knee.

A Sea King helicopter was called from Prince William’s flight 30 miles away at Valley on Anglesey, and the casualty was winched, on a stretcher, into the aircraft.

He was flown to Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, for treatment.

Seven Snowdon rescues

Seven people were rescued from Mount Snowdon last night in three separate rescues.

In the first rescue two men from Essex, aged 60 and 40, were helped down from Cwm Idwal after wandering on to a dangerous rock face.

Later a team from RAF Valley went to the aid of a 19-year-old girl from Liverpool University who had injured her ankle while descending from the Glyder range near Bethesda. She was brought down before receiving hospital treatment at Bangor.

In the final rescue of the night, four 20-year-old men were helped after finding holes covered up by snow when climbing Tryfan.

Rescuers had to deal with difficult conditions including lightning, snow, hail and rain.

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