Rescuers with the Coastguard helicopter on Pen y Fan. Photo: Central Beacons MRT

Rescuers with the Coastguard helicopter on Pen y Fan. Photo: Central Beacons MRT

A mountain rescue team was called out four times in the same day, two of which were to injured walkers on the same hill.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team was joined on its first incident on Monday by colleagues from Brecon MRT after a hillwalker injured himself on Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in south Wales.

The St Athan Coastguard helicopter also flew to the scene.

A short time later, the Central Beacons team was back on Pen y Fan to aid a walker who had fallen on the path leading to the mountain. They were joined by members of Longtown MRT in the operation to help the injured man.

While the second rescue was underway, police contacted the team again with a request to help a man who had fallen on the hillside above Pentre village in the Rhondda Valley.

Some of the team members diverted to the third callout and the St Athan Coastguard aircraft again helped airlift the injured walker to safety. A police helicopter was also involved in the operation.

During the rescue, the team received a fourth request for help for a family who became stranded during a riverside walk near Pontneddfechan. Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team joined the Central Beacons members in bringing the group to safety.

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