Mid Wales

Three men in hospital after 4x4 fell 60 metres down gully

Rescuers lift a victim up a gully at New Radnor Image copyright Brecon MRT

Three men have been taken to hospital with spinal injuries after a 4x4 vehicle tumbled 60 metres (200ft) down a gully in Powys.

Three vehicles with nine occupants were riding off-road when one rolled off a path in New Radnor at about 02:30 GMT on Saturday, the fire service said.

A rescue involving the fire service, mountain rescue, ambulance service and a rescue helicopter was launched.

Mountain rescuers said the men, from Solihull, were "lucky to be alive".

Two were airlifted to Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales, while the other was taken by land ambulance to hospital in Hereford.

'Very difficult'

Mark Jones, deputy team leader of Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT), said it was a "very difficult" site to access and conditions were bad.

The vehicle was "completely disintegrated" at the bottom of the slope by the time his team arrived, Mr Jones added.

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Media captionBrecon Mountain Rescue Team captured footage of the rescue
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Image caption A mountain rescuer near the wreck of the 4x4

He said the rescue, which was not completed until six hours after the alarm was first raised, involved up to 60 emergency services personnel .

Staff were sent from Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, all four south Wales mountain rescue teams, police, the Welsh Hazardous Area Response Team, the ambulance service, and the search and rescue helicopter from St Athan.

Simon Prince, response manager at the fire service, said of those rescued: "They had not looked at the weather report before going out.

"They hadn't prepared for the weather conditions, or prepared the route either."

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Image caption A casualty is airlifted out of the ravine
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Image caption Penarth Coastguard helped to transfer the two casualties from the rescue helicopter to hospital