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Two callouts For Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team

March 18, 2024

At around 1:45 p.m. on Saturday 16th March, Call-Handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a man with an injured leg on Tarren y Gesail, above Abergynolwyn.

The 64 year old man from Somerset had sustained an ankle injury following a slip whilst fell-running and was unable to load-bear on the injured leg. 

A hasty party, which included a Team volunteer who farms land in the area, was able to utilise hill tracks to drive to within a kilometer of the casualty as other volunteers made their way to the incident.  

The man’s ankle was splinted, and the casualty was stretchered over boggy ground down to the trailhead for transport down the hill in a Team vehicle. The injured man was driven to Ysbwty Gwynedd by friends for further treatment.

As the Team was deploying to Abergynolwyn to attend the incident, a second call-out was received, describing a man trapped in a ravine near Llangynog.

With resources tied up in the first incident, our neighbours at North East Wales Search & Rescue agreed to attend this second job. In the event, the man managed to self rescue shortly afterwards, and NEWSAR was stood down.

Team volunteer Graham O’Hanlon helped co-ordinate the rescue. “It is unusual for us as a Team to have two call-outs overlapping, but it does happen from time to time. Fortunately, we are able to call on our neighbouring Teams to back-fill the gap when such instances occur; it is a very robust system.”