TWO young boys have been taken to safety by mountain rescue crews after getting stuck near a waterfall on the Herefordshire border.

The Brecon Mountain Rescue Team said it was called to a waterfall in the New Radnor area, near Presteigne, where two young boys have gone exploring up a "very steep loose hill".

The boys, who were uninjured but checked over by paramedics, realised they couldn't get back down the loose scree, with their parents calling for help.

"First on scene was a member of Dyfed-Powys Police, who had gone up and reassured the boys," Brecon Mountain Rescue Team said after the callout on Monday (July 26).

"He was then followed by a member of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, who is also a Brecon MRT team member, who made the boys sit safely on a ledge until help had arrived.

"When the team arrived on scene, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue was already in attendance and had passed on vital information to us as of their whereabouts and the type of terrain we had to work with.

"We then set up a technical system where a few team members went up to assist the boys back down safely in harnesses and helmets."

Hereford Times: Police, fire and rescue mountain crews were at the scene. Picture: Brecon Mountain Rescue TeamPolice, fire and rescue mountain crews were at the scene. Picture: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

The mountain rescue team said it was a successful joint effort which could have ended a lot differently if the parenst had not called for help.

A spokesperson for the team added: “The need for mountain rescue has continued during the pandemic, but Covid restrictions have led to the cancellation of all of the team’s outdoor fundraising events, so Brecon Mountain Rescue has suffered a serious loss of income.

Each call out costs an average of £550; with around 100 callouts per year, the annual running cost of the team is £55,000.00."

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