The Land Rover partly disintegrated after sliding down the hillside. Photo:  Brecon MRT

The Land Rover partly disintegrated after sliding down the hillside. Photo: Brecon MRT

Three off-roaders were injured when their vehicle went out of control and slipped more than 650ft down a hillside in mid-Wales.

Mountain rescuers were called out about 4am on Saturday to the Radnor Range after 10 people from the West Midlands in three Land Rovers called for help.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team members were joined in the rescue by colleagues from the Central Beacons, Longtown and Western Beacons.

A Brecon MRT spokesperson said: “One of the drivers lost control whilst ascending a slope.

“The Land Rover slipped backwards, broke through a fence, and continued for 200m down a gully, involving a drop of 60m, before disintegrating and coming to a halt.

The St Athans Coastguard helicopter flew to the scene. Photo:  Brecon MRT

The St Athans Coastguard helicopter flew to the scene. Photo: Brecon MRT

“The three occupants were treated on the spot for head and spinal injuries and hypothermia. Efforts to treat the casualties were made more difficult by freshly fallen snow and low temperatures.”

The St Athan Coastguard AgustaWestland search and rescue helicopter flew to the scene and Dyfyd Powys Police, Welsh Ambulance and hazardous area response team together with Mid and West Wales Fire Service.

Rescuers with one of the injured off-roaders. Photo: Brecon MRT

Rescuers with one of the injured off-roaders. Photo: Brecon MRT

The spokesperson said: “The three casualties were eventually winched from the scene by the emergency rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan and flown to the nearest roadside where their treatment needs were more fully assessed and prioritised.

“One casualty was flown to Hereford Hospital and the other two flown to University Hospital in Cardiff.

“The remaining seven members of the group were escorted from the accident scene by mountain rescue team members to the safety of the road unharmed.”

The four mountain rescue teams were eventually stood down at 10am.

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