South West Wales

Rescue worker airlifted after fall in Drefach Felindre

A rescue worker was airlifted to hospital after falling 10 metres (32 ft) down a hill during a search for a missing man.

The incident happened when Brecon Mountain Rescue Team were searching countryside near Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire.

The man was airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal injuries by police helicopter, but was later discharged.

The 37-year-old man reported missing was found at a friend's home.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team spent seven hours searching near Drefach Felindre on Wednesday, with help from the police helicopter and search dogs.

Mark Jones from the rescue team said: "One of the team members was searching a steep wooded hillside when he slipped.

"He fell about 10 metres headfirst into a tree. He was wearing a helmet, which was smashed in the fall, suffered cuts and was treated for suspected spinal injuries."

The rescuer was flown to West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen.

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