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Man in mine shaft rescue at Taliesin near Aberystwyth

  • 9-14-2012

Emergency crews worked for hours to rescue a man who fell 30ft (9m) into what is thought to be an old mine shaft in Ceredigion.

Dyfed-Powys Police called in cave rescuers after they were alerted to the incident in woodland at Taliesin near Aberystwyth at 15:30 BST.

He was brought to the surface at about 20:30 BST before being taken to hospital.

A paramedic was lowered down the mine shaft to treat the man.

Police said the man slipped from a ledge into the shaft.

Personnel from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service helped to reach the man.

'Safe and well'

Fire crews from Aberystwyth were joined by line rescue experts from Pontardawe as well as fire service urban search and rescue teams and a rescue dog.

Sgt Simon Wright from Dyfed-Powys Police said the man had been taken to Aberystwyth's Bronglais hospital.

"Thankfully, he has been brought out of the mine safe and well.

"We don't advise anybody to be in the areas where there are disused mines or disused shafts.

"It is a very, very dangerous place to be."

Coastguard teams with expertise in line rescue techniques also assisted.

A Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) of paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service were also called to the scene before a specially trained paramedic was lowered down the shaft to help the man.

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