Craig Cerrig-gleisiad and Fan Frynych. Photo: Paul Thomas CC-BY-SA-2.0

Craig Cerrig-gleisiad and Fan Frynych. Photo: Paul Thomas CC-BY-SA-2.0

A mountain rescue team was called into action after walkers got into difficulties in wintry weather.

The Brecon Mountain Rescue Team in south Wales was alerted on Tuesday after a 38-year-old Cardiff woman and her 15-year-old son got lost while walking on the Brecon Beacons.

The pair became disoriented in mist on the 629m (2,064ft) Fan Frynych and told the emergency services they had followed a path which led them into ground where the terrain was too steep either to go up or down.

The Brecon team responded, believing the walkers to be in the Craig Cerrig-gleisiad area.

Deputy team leader Mark Jones said: “The pair were lost in the low cloud, but as we arrived on the scene the cloud started to lift. The lost pair realised that instead of being trapped, they were actually on a path and within sight of the A470.

“They were able to walk down off the mountain and we drove them back to their car.”

The following day, Brecon MRT was called out to help 11 children and four adults, from Oxford, Wolverhampton and Abergavenny lost in heavy snow in the Radnor Forest near Bleddfa.

Mr Jones said: “Two 13-year-olds from Oxford were reported to be hypothermic. We spoke to one of the adults on their phone and worked out exactly where the group was.

“They were also very close to a road, only about 500m, but the weather was very poor and the nearby A44 trunk road was closed due to heavy snow.

“We helped them reach a forestry track where a police 4×4 picked them all up and took them to safety.

“The Dyfed Powys Police helicopter was called, but was unable to get in to the area due to the snow. A search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was also put on standby, but stood down once we established how close to the road the group were.”

The same day, the team along with Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team took part in a major search after the discovery of clothing on a riverbank by a local angler.

The teams searched the area along the Afon Teifi until stood down by the police at 6.30pm after enquiries revealed how the clothes came to be there.

Mr Jones said: “The fishermen had discovered girls’ clothing on the bank of the river. During the search local people were able to give the police a possible address for the girls.

“On attending officers were told they were safe and well. They had gone swimming the previous Friday in the good weather and left their wet clothing to dry on the river bank when they changed.”

Silverdale, where the German family became stranded

Silverdale, where the German family became stranded

  • Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association members were called out on Tuesday to search for six students on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition reported lost in a blizzard between Conistone and Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales.

Rescuers managed to contact the walkers by phone and the group was led to safety off the fell, unhurt but cold and wet.

  • Yesterday evening the Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted after a German family got stuck in their snowbound car on in Silverdale, between Stainforth and Halton Gill in the Yorkshire Dales.

The team stood down after a police vehicle succeeded in reaching the stranded car.

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