South East Wales

Trapped women rescued from Black Mountains cliff edge

Two women have been rescued in the Black Mountains after becoming trapped on a cliff edge 1,800ft (550m) high.

The women, aged 40 and 60, were walking along Offa's Dyke from Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye in Powys when they got lost.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, from Abergavenny, were guided to the women by a West Mercia Police helicopter and abseiled the women, from Leicester and the West Midlands, to safety.

The women returned to their hotel after the rescue on Wednesday.

'Cold and tired'

Luke Lewis, deputy team leader of the mountain rescue team, said: "They lost the path and tried to cut across the mountain and found themselves on a cliff edge unable to go any further or retrace their steps.

"We were guided to the women's location by the police helicopter which was hovering overhead.

"Team members abseiled down to the women and then abseiled with the two women to the bottom of the cliff. The women were cold and tired but uninjured and we dropped them off at their hotel in Hay-on-Wye.

"They did the right thing in raising the alarm. They were in a dangerous location with a sheer cliff below them."

Mr Lewis also paid tribute to the skill of rescue team members who he said had taken part in what he called a difficult rescue.

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