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SOLIHULL’S fire-chief led an operation to rescue a young woman who tumbled down a crevasse in the Welsh mountains.

SOLIHULL’S fire-chief led an operation to rescue a young woman who tumbled down a crevasse in the Welsh mountains.

By lucky chance, West Midlands Fire Service were carrying out a training exercise in the region.

But their practice became a real-life emergency last Wednesday (June 2), when an incident occurred near to their position.

The International Search and Rescue Team - who have completed training at Bickenhill Fire Station - were able to respond within 12 minutes.

And as it turned out the damsel-in-distress came from Birmingham herself.

Alan Pellowe. team leader and Solihull Operations Commander, said: “We were not expecting to be mobilised to a live incident during this exercise, but we are always ready to respond.

“It is perhaps a fitting coincidence that the young lady was rescued by firefighters from her home city here in the West Midlands.”

Ogwen Mountain Rescue had received a call at just before 1pm on Wednesday.

A trio of climbers had been scrambling up a gully, when one of the girls lost confidence and became stuck.

One of her friends tried to come to her rescue, but the girl slipped and fell two metres - injuring her head and arm.

Mountain Rescue sent GPS co-ordinates to the fire crew, who were about 200 metres away.

The ISAR medics provided first aid and a helicopter was called in - winching the girl to safety. She was taken to Bangor Hospital for further treatment.

The ISAR team, which has several Solihull members, helped rescue survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

 

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