Four mountain rescuers from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue showed on Saturday (17 January 2015) that they’re as tough as the vehicles they drive. When answering an emergency call for help, the rescue vehicle, a Land Rover Defender 110, skidded on ice and flipped on its side. When the rescuers established that they were all OK, the emergency call-out took priority and they continued the rescue on foot.
The three men and one woman from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue were responding to a call for help from a man stuck on Neaudd Ridge, Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales and the southern United Kingdom. At 886 m above sea-level, it’s also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.
While driving to the rescue at 21:00 GMT on Saturday (17 January 2015), the vehicle hit ice near Aber Village and rolled over. Luckily, all four were uninjured and continued the rescue on foot.
Mark Moran from the Central Beacons team told BBC News, “It was a lucky escape. If it had skidded a couple more feet it would have ended up in the water at the side of the road. But once we established everyone was OK, the call-out took priority and we carried on on foot.”