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Sunday, 6 October, 2002, 12:21 GMT 13:21 UK
Woman hurt in waterfall plunge
Ystradfellte falls
Visitors like to stand close to the slippery falls
A woman has been flown to hospital after falling 50ft feet at a waterfall in the Brecon Beacons.

She was airlifted with spinal injuries from the Clyn Gwyn Falls, near Ystradfellte.

The accident comes two months after a 16-year-old boy drowned at a waterfall on a visit to Sgwd y Gwladys Falls, near Glynneath, while on an outdoor activity holiday

The RAF Chivenor helicopter rescues a man from the Ystradfellte gorge
The RAF helicopter took the woman to safety

Herve Bola, 16, from Woodford Green in Essex got into difficulty after jumping into the river to cool off, at the beauty spot - known as the Lady Falls - near Pontneddfechan in the Neath Valley.

The 51-year-old woman from Leicester fell into the water at the Ystradfellte falls.

She was hauled to safety by the crew of the RAF rescue helicopter based at Chivenor in North Devon.

A Brecon Beacons mountain resue team happened to be on exercise when the alert went out and coordinated the rescue.

David Crease, of Western Beacons Mountain Rescue, said: "I was looking at that waterfall to move on to our next exercise, and she was there at the bottom.

David Crease
David Crease and his colleagues were in the area

"I managed to call the team, call in an RAF helicopter from Chivenor and about an hour later we managed to get her into hospital."

Six weeks ago a Turkish man was airlifted to hospital after falling down the same gorge.

The waterfall, on Afon Mellte, is a popular beauty spot but its ledges can be treacherous due to the mist generated by the falling water.

In the next few days the area's community council is meeting with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Forest Enterprise to see if safety can be improved.

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"Despite the warning signs, people can't resist getting as close as they can to this waterfall."
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