15 Apr

Teenager with appendicitis rescued from Waun Fach

Team members assisted Brecon MRT in evacuating a 19 year old competitor in the Black Mountains Roundabout event after they collapsed with suspected appendicitis.

Full story:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/                                                  10355806.Appendicitis_teen_rescued_from_mountain_near_Abergavenny/#commentsList

22 Mar

Stranded teenagers rescued in blizzard

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.”

23 Oct

Donations to LMRT related to the search for April Jones

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

13 Oct

Local press coverage of the team’s involvement in the search for April Jones

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.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/9983537.Abergavenny_mountain_rescue_team_s_role_in_search_for_ April_Jones/?ref=fbrec

http://www.abergavenny-chronicle-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=35641&headline=Local

23 Jan

Team join the search for Alethea Taylor

Team members, along with SARDA dog handlers, joined the search today for 63-year old Alethea Taylor, who has been missing from her home in Orleton, Herefordshire since Thursday last week.

The team joined Police, SARA and a “small army” of local volunteers to search the rural areas surrounding the village.

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/9486922.Villagers_join_in_search_for_missing_Orleton_woman/

 

31 Dec

Rescue of 11-year old boy from Sugarloaf

 The team assisted the air ambulance to evacuate a young boy with a suspected leg fracture from Sugarloaf during the Christmas period.  The boy was in an area of steep ground and the team stretchered him to the waiting helicopter who transported him to nearby Nevill Hall hospital.

 Articles on the callout can be found at  –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16348498

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/28/boy-airlifted-hospital-sugar-loaf-mountain?INTCMP=SRCH

10 Aug

Rescuers called to help young cragfast girls‏

Police called out the South Wales MR teams for assistance at 8:40pm on Tuesday 9th August.  The call was to assist two young girls who had become cragfast on Mynydd James, East of Blaina, Gwent.
In attendance were 30 MRT members from Central Beacons MRT, Brecon MRT,Longtown MRT and Western Beacons SART.
Rescuers made their way over steep ground to the girls location, made them safe and warm after assessing them for injuries and both were brought to safe ground and awaiting families after a semi technical rescue.  They were unharmed but cold after a longer than intended adventure.

29 Mar

Three Peaks Trial 2011

On the 26th March the team supported the Cardiff Outdoor Group in the running of the annual Three Peaks Trial.  On the day team members manned the summit checkpoints on each of the four challenging routes and also provided first aid cover.  In a record year, 860 walkers undertook one of the four routes, thankfully in dry conditions.  This is the third year that the team has been involved in the event and it is one that we greatly enjoy.  

In 2010 £4,766 was raised from the the 48th Three Peaks Trial. This was split between the team and the Elenydd Wilderness Trust to help maintain the remote Ty’n Cornel and Dolgoch Youth Hostels also the National Trust, owners of Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr, for footpath maintenance.  The proceeds from the 2011 Three Peaks Trial will again be split between the team, Elenydd Wilderness Trust, National Trust and also the Ruperra Conservation Trust.

On a busy day for the team we also responded to a call out to evacuate a mountain biker with a broken leg from the Sugar Loaf.