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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 August 2006, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Devil's Bridge floodwater rescue
Devil's Bridge waterfall
Devil's Bridge is one of the best-known attractions in mid Wales
A helicopter helped to rescue six walkers who were trapped at night by rising floods at the foot of a beauty spot waterfall.

The group were caught between the cliff and the river at Devil's Bridge, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

Rescue teams were called on Saturday night, but were hampered because the helicopter was running out of fuel and its winch rope was too short.

The rescue was completed at 0400 BST on Sunday. All six were taken to hospital.

Rescuers said the group set off gorge walking at about 1800 BST on Saturday when they found themselves trapped at the bottom of the 80ft (24m) waterfall.

Initially, the helicopter tried to reach them, but could not.

A rescuer then reached the foot of the waterfall and helped the group to higher ground.

The helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, was able to lift them out, and they were transferred to ambulances and taken to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth.

Mark Jones of Brecon Mountain Rescue said they had spent some time in the water and were suffering from mild hypothermia.

He said: "They were all very cold and suffering from mild hypothermia, but were very lucky to have survived."

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