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Injured walker winched to safety in Brecon Beacons

Sgwd y Pannwr
Image caption Sgwd y Pannwr is one of the Ystradfellte waterfalls popular with gorge walkers

A teenager has been taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after a fall in the Brecon Beacons.

An ambulance crew was called to the incident at Sgwd y Pannwr, near Pontneddfechan on Sunday afternoon.

They alerted mountain rescue teams and the RAF, which sent a rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) said it was the second incident involving guided gorge walkers in the area in three days.

The mountain rescuers say they were alerted at 16:20 BST on Sunday by the ambulance service.

Aerial assistance

It is believed the teenager was injured after jumping from the side of a waterfall into a plunge pool as part of the guided gorge walk.

The RAF winched its paramedic to the ground and he arrived on scene minutes shortly before the Central Beacons and Brecon MRTs.

The injured teenager was stretchered over rocky terrain to a clear area before he was winched to safety.

He was taken to Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil for treatment.

Mark Moran of the Central Beacons MRT said they were grateful for the involvement of the RAF.

"The helicopter from the RAF is absolutely invaluable in these situations, and saves the team members hours of strenuous stretcher carrying.

"It's far safer for the casualty too, to be in professional medical care within minutes of extraction."

On Friday, mountain rescuers went to the aid of a walker who suffered head injuries after slipping at nearby Sgwd Clyn Gwyn.

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