The couple were rescued from Craig y Cilau. Photo: Gareth James CC-BY-SA-2.0

The couple were rescued from Craig y Cilau. Photo: Gareth James CC-BY-SA-2.0

A couple was rescued after getting lost on a hillside in the Brecon Beacons.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team was called out yesterday after the walkers got stuck above crags above the Craig y Cilau nature reserve at Llangattock.

The couple, from Clydach, near Swansea, went for an early afternoon stroll but became disorientated and finally became stranded on a steep escarpment.

Chairman of Longtown MRT Mike Jones said: “It was already dark when we arrived.

“They were uninjured but tired, hungry and thirsty. They were very pleased to see us and we were able to re-warm them, give them food and drink and help them to safety.”

The callout was the fifth in 10 days for the Abergavenny-based team.

On Saturday afternoon the team was called to Table Mountain, above Crickhowell.

A woman from Windsor had been walking in a group when she fell and injured herself.

Longtown MRT was joined by members of Brecon and Central Beacons MRTs in the rescue.

The woman had suffered a shoulder injury and was in a lot of pain. She was treated on the hillside by paramedics and a team doctor before being carried down by stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Mr Jones said: “It has been a busy 10 days for us. The team has attended five call outs, including two to walkers suffering from hypothermia.

“We’ve worked for three different police forces: Gwent, Dyfed Powys and West Mercia, and joined with our colleagues from Brecon and Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Teams and Sarda [Search and Rescue Dogs Association].

“We’ve gone to the aid of 13 casualties in total and one callout involved a search in hazardous and life-threatening conditions.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all our members in this, our 50th year. They are all volunteers but are on call 24/7 whatever the weather conditions.”

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