Members of three Welsh mountain rescue teams were involved in the rescue of a man injured while gorge walking.

The 22-year-old was airlifted by helicopter after injuring himself in a fall in the Neath Valley. He was taken to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Brecon, Central Beacons and Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Teams all took part in the rescue of the man, believed to be from Oxford. Mark Moran of the Central Beacons team said: “On arriving we met up with the friends of the fallen gorge walker.

“They led us in up the valley over some very slippery and dangerous ground for 35 minutes. We found that the group had taken great care of their friend. He had fallen around 10 to 15 feet onto a slippery rock surface.

“Thankfully, our friends from RAF Chivenor had been called to help out. They arrived on scene about 20 minutes later. We packaged him up and then he ‘enjoyed’ a 240-feet winch up to Rescue 169 [the helicopter].”

It is believed the man was taking part in an organised canyoning event. He suffered back and hip injuries in the incident, near the Ystradfellte waterfalls.