Ankle injury above Abergynolwyn
February 21, 2022
Shortly after midday on Sunday 20th February, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a fell-runner with an ankle injury in the hills above Abergynolwyn.
A couple had been trail-running the forestry tracks near the village when the 34-year-old woman fell and sustained a suspected lower leg fracture. Her clothing was suitable for running in wet and windy conditions but once stationary and injured the casualty cooled rapidly. Her partner had to leave her to find phone signal and raise the alarm.
The informant has a relative on the Team, a local farmer and himself a keen runner, so after calling 999 and requesting assistance he called the relative directly. Living locally and farming the surrounding land, he was quickly on scene with a 4×4 vehicle and detailed knowledge of the forest tracks.
The Team’s technical rope rescue group was just packing up from a training session, so these team members were also able to respond very quickly. The casualty was assessed, given pain relief and the injured leg was splinted. She was placed on a stretcher and transported by 4×4 vehicle along forest tracks to the road-head, where she was handed over to the care of her partner who took her to hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Everyone was safely off the hill by 2:30 p.m.