Mid Wales

RAF crew rescues teenager from Gwastedyn Hill, Rhayader

A teenager has been flown to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after falling on a steep hillside in Powys.

Mountain rescuers and paramedics were called to help the 15-year-old girl after she was hurt on Gwastedyn Hill, Rhayader, on Sunday.

She was said to be in pain, but was stabilised by a team from St John Wales at the scene.

A crew from RAF Valley on Anglesey then flew her to the spinal unit at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

A spokesperson for RAF Valley said the injured girl was put on board the search and rescue helicopter just before 20:00 GMT.

A St John team from Rhayader used a new £60,000 4x4 ambulance, which had been delivered just days earlier, to reach the area.

Three of its volunteers were first on the scene and treated the teenager for hypothermia and spinal injuries before she was airlifted to hospital.

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