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Facebook update ends Brecon Beacons search for paraglider

RAF rescue helicopter
Image caption A helicopter from RAF Chivenor was used in the search

Mountain rescuers have urged people to inform emergency services they are safe after a search for a paraglider ended when he updated his Facebook account.

A witness reported a paraglider about to crash near Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday.

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor, 50 mountain rescue volunteers and Dyfed-Powys Police officers were deployed.

After a six-hour search, crews only discovered the bruised paraglider had got to safety himself through Facebook.

'Frustrating'

Mark Jones, deputy team leader of Brecon mountain rescue team called the situation "frustrating" and said rescuers would still be searching now, had it not been for the Facebook update.

He said: "It was a busy day in the mountains on Sunday and we are grateful to the member of the public who alerted the emergency services to the crashed paraglider.

"However we would ask anyone hang gliding, paragliding or taking part in any other highly visible sport that if they suffer an accident that they dial 101 to let the police know that they are safe."

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