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Seriously Injured Mountain Biker Near Machynlleth

October 20, 2021

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday 17th Oct, just as Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team call-handlers were finishing guiding a lost walker from Cader Idris, a request was received to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service with a seriously injured mountain biker at Dyfi Bike Park near Machynlleth. The male rider, in his 30s, had fallen off his bike and despite sustaining suspected spinal injuries, had managed to alert emergency services about his situation, but not his location.

Team volunteers coordinated with Dyfi Bike Park staff and quickly located the casualty. Due to the nature of the injuries sustained, and the difficult terrain on which the accident occurred, a request was made for assistance from Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, Rescue 936. 

The casualty was assessed and treated by the ambulance crew and winchman-paramedic. Conditions were such that it was not possible to winch directly from the incident site so the Team made the difficult stretcher transfer down from steep ground to the waiting ambulance. The casualty was then driven to the helicopter which had landed near Machynlleth. Team members assisted with the transfer from the ambulance to Rescue 936 before the casualty was airlifted to Liverpool for further assessment and treatment.

Team members stood down at 8:30 p.m.