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Beacons rescue saves man with broken leg

Posted 29 November 2010
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Beacons rescue saves man with broken leg
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A helicopter rescue in the Brecon Beacons has seen a man saved from the highest mountain in south Wales after he broke his leg.

The pensioner slipped on Pen y Fan and was found by a fellow walker in freezing conditions, suffering from mild hypothermia.

A helicopter from the Central Brecons Mountain Rescue team flew out to help the man, operating in severe conditions, during which one of the rescuers fell and suffered a head injury.

"In all my years in mountain rescue, I struggle to say when I remember seeing a helicopter crew flying in those conditions," Huw Jones of the Central Brecon team told the BBC.

The onset of severe weather and the high potential for people to have accidents and be caught out in the snow may emphasise the need to be well prepared for a day on the hills, which means good walking boots and winter jackets can be vital.

According to the Met Office the night of Saturday November 27th-28th saw the coldest temperature ever recorded in Wales, -18C at Llysdinam in Powys.