Family donations aid in rescue of man in mountain fall

By Sue Austin | Mid Wales | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A 4x4 vehicle bought with donations from the family of a man who died after going missing from the 2017 Royal Welsh Show helped a mountain rescue team reach a walker who had fallen 500ft.

A fund in memory of James Corfield helped fund the 4x4 that went to the man's aid

James Corfield from Montgomery, aged just 19, was found in the River Wye six days after he was last seen. Hundreds of volunteers had taken part in the efforts to try and find him.

The 29-year-old man rescued from the mountain was airlifted to hospital after the fall from the top of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday.

He had been looking for his spaniel who had taken a tumble.

The injured walker was helped by an off-duty firefighter who had been walking up Pen y Fan in full kit in a fundraising

Mark Jones from Brecon Mountain Rescue said the man had had an amazing escape.

"To have fallen that sort of distance, we don't expect to find people alive at the end of it. He is a remarkably lucky man - with an even luckier dog."

The man was taken to the University Hospital of Wales with injuries to his face, neck, shoulders and legs. The dog suffered cuts and a broken toe.

The team reached the walker within 30 minutes thanks to a new 4x4 vehicle bought with money from the James Corfield fund. Mountain rescue teams were among those who helped look for James.

"It would have normally been an hour's walk and a climb down, so it saved lot of time," Mr Jones added.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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