Mid Wales

Brecon Beacons: Missing tour leader Steve Walker found

A guide on a survival weekend who had been missing overnight in the Brecon Beacons has been found alive.

Steve Walker, 34, was last seen on Monday lunchtime when was leading a group of four campers from Romford, London, near Pontneddfechan, Powys.

He had fallen into a river and hurt his leg after becoming separated from his group in bad weather.

As emergency services looked for him, he walked up to a BBC Wales news crew who were reporting on the search.

Mr Walker, who was not seriously injured and has returned to Romford, had become separated from his group in bad weather.

Image caption Mr Walker was given tea and biscuits from BBC reporters but declined to be interviewed.

Gwenfair Griffith, a BBC Wales reporter at the scene, wrote on Twitter: "Steve Walker, 34, reappears in Pontneddfechan after being lost overnight. Our reporting team giving him water."

The crew at the scene also called for an ambulance.

Specialist officers

The alarm had been raised at 18:45 BST on Monday evening and 45 volunteers searched the area near Glynneath until 01:00 BST on Tuesday.

The volunteers, from four search and rescue teams, were joined by rescue dogs and an RAF helicopter.

The search resumed on a mountain between Pontneddfechan and Ystradfellte at 10:00 BST on Tuesday.

The operation was co-ordinated by Dyfed-Powys Police, which said its own officers - including a police search adviser and specialist search officers - were involved alongside 12 volunteers from Brecon Mountain Rescue Service.

Insp Andy Reed said: "The 34-year-old man, who is from the Essex area, has been found safe and well and is currently being assessed by a medical team.

"I'd like to thank all the volunteers and officers who took part in this rescue, which has thankfully resulted in a successful outcome."

The force helicopter and dog section were also involved.

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