Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from Sugar Loaf. Photo: Longtown MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from Sugar Loaf. Photo: Longtown MRT

Rescuers have thanked passers-by who provided extra clothing to a walker who injured herself on a Brecon Beacons peak.

The woman was walking just below the summit of Sugar Loaf on Sunday when she slipped on the south face of the hill.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, which was alerted to the incident by Gwent Police, said the area is known as an ‘ankle breaker’ section of the route, which is treacherous in wet weather.

A team spokesperson said: “The team were able to get a small group of team members to her quite quickly, who focused on initial medical aid and on warming her up, to prevent further hypothermia.

“The weather was starting to take a turn for the worse at this point and it quickly became clear that the casualty would need to be stretchered off the hill.

“Eventually 20 team members were involved in the rescue, on and off the hill. After receiving pain relief and having her leg splinted, the injured lady was carried off the hill via stretcher down to the main car park and was handed over to the Welsh Ambulance Service.

“We would like to say thank you to all the members of the public who provided her with extra layers to try and keep her warm before we arrived.

“With what looked like a suspected broken ankle, we wish her a speedy recovery and back on her feet soon.”

Almost as soon as the incident was concluded, the team’s help was requested again for a cragfast climber at Wyndcliffe Quarry, near Tintern.

The spokesperson said: “Twenty-two team members responded, making their way to the area but were stood down as the casualty was able to be rescued by the Coastguard helicopter and was en route to the hospital.

“We wish the gentleman involved a full recovery.”

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