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Boy airlifted in mountain rescue incident

Posted 30 December 2011
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Boy airlifted in mountain rescue incident
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An 11-year-old boy has been airlifted off a hill in south Wales after suffering a possible broken leg.

The incident occurred when he was walking with family members on Sugar Loaf Mountain near Abergavenny, when he fell through ferns onto a rock.

With the helicopter unable to land nearby due to the rough terrain, mountain rescuers had to carry him down to a place where he could be picked up and flown to hospital.

Although unfortunate accidents can happen to almost anyone, having good walking boots and winter jackets can help reduce the number of mountain rescue callouts, as can navigational aids such as Ordnance Survey maps.

A lack of a map, compass or torch left one couple stranded in the dark in another recent incident not far away on Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons, Grough reported.

They were rescued when Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team got them to download the OS Converter app on their smartphone, which transmitted their location via GPS to rescuers, who were able to walk them down to safety.