Two kayakers were rescued after getting into difficulties on a Snowdonia river.
The pair, described as experienced paddlers, were on the River Conwy yesterday when they overshot a safe exit point and ended up in a steep gorge at the Conwy Falls.
The men, one in his late 20s the other in his early 30s and from mid- and south Wales, managed to reach the shore at the site south of Betws-y-Coed but were then trapped in the ravine.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was called out at 2.45pm and joined other emergency services at the site.
Chris Lloyd of the rescue team said: “They had enjoyed the paddle down the river Conwy as the water conditions were good.
“The intention was to escape the river at a pool about 150m upstream of the bridge on the Penmachno Road.
“Unfortunately, they missed the pool and were flushed under the bridge and into the turbulent waters heading for the Conwy Falls.
“With some skilled boatwork they managed to make the shore just about 15m downstream of the bridge but now in a steep-sided gorge. With no means of escape they shouted for help.
“Fortunately, other paddlers in the area were able to answer their shouts. The 999 call was made.
“The local fire and rescue service arrived along with two ambulances. Ogwen Valley team was alerted by a team member who was at the scene.
“Meanwhile, the first paddler was raised with a rope, hauled by the first people on site.
“When the Ogwen team arrived, they were able to set up a rope system to lift the second man and then later to retrieve one of the boats.”
Mr Lloyd said the other kayak disappeared downstream.
He said: “The local fire service was happy to let OVMRO carry on with the rescue, but were there to offer additional manpower should there have been a need.
“The two men soon recovered from their ordeal.
“This type of incident regularly occurs here as it is easy to miss the exit pool before the bridge.”