VIDEO: Brecon Beacons mountain rescue in blizzard conditions
The Six Nations triumph was not the only heroics by a Welsh team on Saturday, as these incredible video clips show.
Members of three mountain rescue teams were called into action after two walkers became stranded on the Brecon Beacons in snowy, white-out conditions.
The rescuers found the men — one of whom was injured and could not to continue — and carried them to safety through the blizzard conditions before an RAF helicopter arrived to collect them.
It is understood the two walkers — who are from the Gloucester area — had been planning to walk from Storey Arms to Tal-y-Bont when they ran into difficulties and had to make an emergency call.
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Members of the Brecon, Central Beacons and Longtown mountain rescue teams went to their aid.
Mark Jones, deputy team leader from the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, said they had the call for help just after 3pm on Saturday, with the 16 rescuers setting off from the village of Llafrynach to try to find the stranded men.
He said: “When we started from the road it was raining but as we got onto the mountains the snow was coming down and the wind really blowing, visibility was down to about 40 metres. The wind was right in our faces.
“After walking for about five kilometres we got to the grid reference the walkers had given us but they weren’t there — we carried out a search of the area and found them about 500 metres away.
“We must have got to them about half-time in the rugby — I know because a friend texted me the score.”
The two walkers were sheltering in a tent — one was uninjured but his companion was injured following a fall and was suffering from mild hyopthermia.
The rescuers got the men on to stretchers then began to carry them off the mountains in blizzard-like conditions across a landscape of peat hags — deep depressions in the peaty surface.
Mr Jones said: “We decided not to use the path because it was close to the edge of a drop and we could not run the risk of going over the edge in the conditions.
“The ground is very uneven in that area — the snow was going from ankle deep to waist deep as we made out way through the peat hags."
Eventually an RAF helicopter arrived to pick-up the walkers but because of the snow was unable to land, so the casualties were winched aboard and flown to hospital.
Both men are understood to be okay following their ordeal.
Mr Jones said: “We finally got off the mountain around midnight — the conditions were exhausting.”