Welsh mountain rescue teams get Diamond Jubilee medals

Brecon Beacons
Image caption Teams from the Brecon Beacons were among those who were honoured

Four of Wales' mountain rescue teams have received special medals to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The unique medals have been issued to honour those who dedicate themselves to public service and were presented to volunteers who have served for more than five years.

Members of rescue teams from around mid and south Wales attended the event.

The medals were presented by First Minister Carwyn Jones, who praised the role played by the volunteers.

"These medals are a way for all of us to show our appreciation for what they do," he said.

The four teams respond to more than 100 incidents each year.

Call outs range from rescuing climbers in the mountains to searching for vulnerable missing persons.

Mr Jones added: "These medals are in recognition of those who dedicate themselves to public service and the work carried out by these rescue teams certainly deserves to be recognised.

"They provide vital support to our emergency services to find and recover the lost and injured across the whole of south and mid Wales."

Nick Hardwidge, from the Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue team, said: "We are honoured to receive these medals from Her Majesty the Queen and furthermore very pleased that the first minister has recognised the valuable support we provide the police and ambulance services."

Members of the Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team, the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team and the South Wales Search and Rescue Association all attended the event.

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