It’s that time of year again! Entries for the next BBMC will open in early January 2016. After a fantastic 30th anniversary event this year, we are already excited about next years event, which will be on Saturday 14th May. As always we advise that you enter early to ensure you get place.
Well that’s it, BBMC is over for another year. The team would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that entered. Almost 800 of you were able to join us on the hill this year.
It’s an event the team thoroughly enjoys running, especially when the weather is like it was yesterday, and we look forward to hopefully seeing many of you again next year .
Also we’d like to say a big thank you, as always, to event sponsor Trekitt.
Team members assisted Brecon MRT in evacuating a 19 year old competitor in the Black Mountains Roundabout event after they collapsed with suspected appendicitis.
Teenagers on an outdoor education trip had to be rescued from the highest road pass in Wales in blizzard conditions on Thursday (21st March) night. The team were called to the aid of the four youngsters and their trainer who had become stranded in …their minibus on the top of Gospel Pass. The team used two specially equipped Land Rovers to reach the group who were trapped in a snow drift at 1800ft on the pass between Abergavenny and Hay on Wye. The rescue operation took four hours and the teenagers, from Pontpool, were taken back to the outdoor education centre, in Cusop, at midnight. Luke Lewis, deputy team leader, from Longtown MRT, said: “The conditions were atrocious, with drifting snow, blizzards, ice and high winds, but our vehicles are equipped to deal with this. The teenagers were cold and tired but otherwise okay. The centre had tea and biscuits waiting for everyone when we arrived. “This recent cold weather has caught a lot of people out and has kept all the mountain rescue teams in South Wales very busy. “We would remind any walker or motorist intending to head into the mountains to watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and to be well prepared, with spare warm clothing, food and drinks. While walkers must always carry a map, compass and torch.”
18 team members, alongside officers from Gwent Police and dog handlers from SARDA south Wales, spent 4 hours searching in horrendous weather conditions on boxing day. The callout on the Blorenge for an injured walker was later found to be a hoax. For further details:
We’re aware that some people have been keen to contribute to various teams, including ours, regarding the April Jones callout. We’re very grateful for the support but in relation to this particular callout could we ask that any further donations be directed to MREW as a whole, via http://www.mountain.rescue.org.uk/giving/online-donations .
Anyone wanting to make a general donation to the work of the team is welcome to direct these to the team in the usual way
Many thanks – LMRT
Both the Abergavenny Chronicle and the South Wales Argus have featured articles this week highlighting the work of our team members, alongside public volunteers, MR teams from across the UK and the Police, in the search for April Jones.
’Over the last week the unpaid professionals of Mountain Rescue England and Wales have contributed an estimated 9250 man hours to the search for April. To put that into context, this would take one person well over 5 working years.’
Official statament from Mountain Rescue:
‘On Tuesday morning, Dyfed Powys Police requested Mountain Rescue assistance in the search for April Jones as part of a multi-agency response. ‘Initially our task was to help coordinate the fantastic efforts being made by local volunteer searchers, and conduct searches around the residential areas of Machynlleth. ‘The scale of the operation quickly increased and mountain rescue teams and search dogs were brought in from throughout Wales, and subsequently from across the UK. As other teams have stepped in to ensure continuity of cover in home areas, this truly has been a response of unprecedented scale. ‘Throughout the week and over the weekend the specialist Mountain, cave, water and dog teams of Mountain Rescue have been working through a systematic search plan based on current search management science. This has involved an overhead team of approximately 20 experienced search managers and administrators co-ordinating the efforts of on average 200 searchers per day, behind the scenes at the leisure centre here. ‘Whilst your cameras have caught glimpses of teams working through their tasks, almost all our work has been in remote and inaccessible areas. This includes areas best suited to our skills such as the forestry, hills, rivers and quarry workings around Machynlleth. We have searched in excess of 230 areas, over more than 70 square kilometres. ‘Over the last week the unpaid professionals of Mountain Rescue England and Wales have contributed an estimated 9250 man hours to the search for April. To put that into context, this would take one person well over 5 working years. ‘Mountain Rescue is not unfamiliar with major incidents. We were significant contributors to the rescue efforts of Lockerbie, Morecombe Bay and the Cumbrian floods. In addition each of the 24 teams who have attended here, and those who have to enabled them to do so, each attend 100 or so incidents a year in their home area. What is unfamiliar to us is the level of recognition and media attention we have received here. As each team is a separate Charity, funded entirely by donations we’re very grateful for your support. ‘Our focus here has been to find April, applying our skills to the intelligence available to us. We have now reached a point where we have exhausted the search of areas best suited to our skills, given what we currently know and the tasks now being generated are more suited to specially trained police search teams. As such mountain rescue operations will be suspended this evening. We have worked very closely with the Police and remain on-hand to assist with the search if the Police consider it appropriate. Meanwhile local teams intend to return as and when possible. ‘As you are aware, members of mountain rescue receive no payment or expenses, and have only been able to attend here with the support of their families and employers. Similarly the support received from the people of Machynlleth has been extraordinary and we cannot put in to words our appreciation for all they’ve done for us. This is a harrowing time for April’s family and the community, and our thoughts are with them all.’ The teams involved include:
Aberdovey MRT, Aberglaslyn MRT, Brecon MRT, Bowland Pennine MRT, Central Beacons MRT, Edale MRT, Glossop MRT, Kinder MRT, Llanberis MRT, Longtown MRT, Midlands Cave Rescue, North East Wales SAR, North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation, North Yorkshire Cave Rescue, Ogwen Valley MRT, Oldham MRT, Rossendale and Pendle MRT, SARDA England, SARDA Isle of Man, SARDA South Wales, SARDA Wales, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Organisation, South Snowdonia MRT and Western Beacons MRT.
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The team has had a busy time in recent weeks. Callouts have included:
Supporting Gloucestershire Police to find a missing 85 year old male. The male was found, having had a fall, and treated by one of the team.
An incident was on the Sugar Loaf, where a walker who had suffered a fall was treated on the scene by the team doctor before being evacuated by the Air Ambulance.
The team was also involved with an Area Call, involving the four teams in the Beacons area, to evacuate a paraglider who had descended rather faster than he’d planned. Fortunately mostly bruised pride, but was treated on scene for minor cuts and then walked out.
The picture below shows the Wales Air Ambulance perched on the summit of the Sugarloaf
On Tuesday evening the team, along with Central MRT and Police helicopter, were called out to assist 6 students from Essex on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. See the Abergavenny Chronicle for full details.