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Two dead, two hurt after Brecon Beacons lightning strikes

Cribyn Image copyright Kenneth Yarham/Geograph
Image caption Two casualties were airlifted to hospital from Cribyn

Two men are being treated in hospital after lightning strikes in the Brecon Beacons which killed two other men on Sunday.

Four mountain rescue teams were called to separate incidents at the summits of Corn Du and Cribyn.

One person is being treated at Swansea's Morriston Hospital for burns. The other is at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Some rescuers were training in the area when the incidents happened.

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Media captionHuw Jones, spokesman for Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, warns hill walkers to head for lower ground if ever caught in a lightning storm

An RAF Sea King helicopter from Chivenor, Devon, was sent to aid two casualties on Cribyn and road ambulances and police were also sent to the scene.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team were ending their exercise due to the electric storm when they received a call-out.


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Its team doctor reached the first male casualty on Corn Ddu within 35 minutes.

Spokesman Mark Jones said passing cadets who had been on the summit at the time of the strike had already started resuscitation when the rescue doctor took over.

Image caption Ambulance and mountain rescue teams responded to the incidents on Sunday

"I've been in Brecon Mountain Rescue for 30 years and I've never known anything like this," he said.

"It is exceptionally unusual, and for multiple people to be hit in multiple strikes on different peaks - it is very, very rare."

Three other mountain rescue teams - Central Beacons, Longtown and Western Beacons - were also called out.

Walker Donna Cavanagh told the Mirror newspaper said she and friend Olivia Howell were near Pen y Fan when the lightning struck.

"We only saw two flashes and nothing more. We didn't think the weather was that bad.

"When I heard two people have been killed I was so surprised. I'm shocked - we were so close."

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: "As a result of these incidents, two men have sadly died, one man is in a serious condition in hospital and another man is in hospital but did not sustain serious injuries.

"Officers have informed the next of kin of the deceased men."

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Image caption The lightning strikes hit peaks around Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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