Mountain Rescue Team help rescue a walker in freezing cold conditions on the Welsh Border.

At just before 8pm on Sunday evening, Dyfed-Powys Police contacted the Longtown Mountain Rescue team and alerted them to a lost walker on Offa’s Dyke Path somewhere between Hay-on-Wye and Hatterall Hill, which is a distance of about 14km. 

The walker was very well prepared, but the conditions were very challenging and had deteriorated. 

The team deployed from multiple locations, and were eventually able to spot the persons torchlight from about 4-5km away.

Taking multiple compass bearings, the mountain rescue team were able to identify their location and made their way through the snow to them. 

Once the team had reached them and filled them with food, adding more layers, they walked them off the hill and helped them to their overnight accommodation at about 5am.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary organisation that responds to police requests for assistance in the Black Mountains of South Wales and into Herefordshire for injured and missing people. 

The Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and relies entirely on donations from members of the public to carry out this essential life-saving rescue service.