Sheep Rescue at Dylife

In the late afternoon of Mon 10th July, the Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team was requested to assist in the rescue of a sheep stuck down a mine-shaft near Dylife in the hills south east of Machynlleth.

The ewe, spotted by passing walkers, was on a ledge about 5m down an abandoned shaft in an area of old lead-mine workings near the Star Inn at Dylife. Although not a significant distance down, the nature of the terrain created potentially serious hazards to the rescuers.

Rescuer Graham O'Hanlon was at the scene. "The ewe was sat on a small ledge under a slight overhang consisting of semi-rotten beams, rock slabs and mining spoil. The whole lot was potentially unstable and our technical rope rescue team had to work hard to check stability and remove hazards as they made their way down. With this in mind the set-up took plenty of preparation but the actual rescue was over in a matter of minutes."

The ewe was recovered safely and Team volunteers were safely back at their vehicles by 9:30 p.m.