Mountain rescue teams are currently working in overdrive and on Monday the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team attended no fewer than four ‘multi-tasking call-outs’ in one session.

The first one came just after midday when Dyfed-Powys Police asked the team to attend to a woman who had suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after falling at the Four Waterfalls Trail near Ystradfellte. But as soon as they arrived at the location, they discovered another woman with a head injury.

A casualty carer medic attended to the head injury and assisted the lady back to her car, while pain relief and bandaging was administered to the shoulder injury before the rescue team conveyed her to the vehicle which would take her to hospital.

But as the team had almost reached their base they were called back to the waterfall after a man had taken a turn for the worse after jumping into the river at Scwd yr Eira waterfall.


“And as we made our way to him, Dyfed-Powys Police called us yet again to tell us about a lady walker who’d sustained an ankle injury and was sitting waiting at the rendezvous point we were heading for,” said one of the rescue team members.

“Talk about multi-tasking!”

But the team team doctor and casualty care medics wasted no time in simultaneously assessing both patients' injuries. The man was treated for the effects of cold water shock while the woman suffering from an ankle injury was helped back to her car where her companion could drive her to hospital.

“There’s no doubt that this was one very long and busy afternoon which went on into the evening," added the spokesperson.

"We just hope that all today’s casualties have speedy recoveries.”