Rescuers Free Injured Man Trapped in Brecon Beacons Cave for Two Days

Nearly 250 volunteer cave rescuers helped free an injured man who had been trapped in a cave in Brecon Beacons, South Wales for two days.

Rescuers brought the man out of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu — the second largest cave in Wales and one of the deepest in the United Kingdom — at around 7:45 p.m. local time on Nov. 8 after he fell and got trapped at around 1 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Rescuers said the man was unable to climb out of the cave due to the injuries he suffered from the fall, which included a broken jaw, leg, and spinal injuries.

“We can now confirm that the man has multiple injuries, but they are not life threatening,” Peter Francis, a representative of South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team, reported.

The rescued man, who is in his 40s, has been taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, which means Cave of the Black Spring, is about 275 meters at its deepest point and its caverns stretch over 30 miles.

The rescue effort involved at least eight rescue teams from across the UK and some of the rescuers were internationally renowned, including those involved in the Thai cave rescue in 2018.

The cave rescue was the longest in Wales, reaching about 53 hours.

The previous longest cave rescue in Wales was at 41 hours.


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