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Quarry jump father sent to prison
Bryn quarry
Emergency services rescued the man and girls from the Bryn quarry
A man who jumped into a flooded quarry with two young girls - one his daughter - after splitting from their mother has been jailed for eight years.

He leapt into the Snowdonia quarry with the girls, nine and six, after telling their mother on the phone: "Say ta-ra to the kids," Mold Crown Court heard.

The man, now 36 and from Gwynedd, who cannot be named, had pleaded guilty to attempted murder at an earlier hearing.

Their mother said it was "unimaginable" that he could want to hurt her girls.

The court heard that on hitting the water in the Bryn quarry near Bethesda he immediately began to help the girls by holding them on a ledge.

Whatever the term you serve in prison, those two little girls will serve a substantial time suffering because of what you did to them
Mr Justice Roderick Evans

Members of his family were already searching the area and his father arrived at the quarry moments after the leap.

An RAF helicopter winched the three to safety, and they were rushed to Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor where they were treated for hypothermia.

He was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment on each count of attempted murder, to run concurrently.

Man arriving at court
The man with his head covered arriving at a previous court hearing

Mr Justice Roderick Evans told him: "People who fall out with their partners must learn that they are in danger of long terms of imprisonment if in their dispute with their partner they use the children to get at their former loved ones.

"You and members of your family will no doubt think the sentence is too long, others will think it is too short.

"Whatever the term you serve in prison, those two little girls will serve a substantial time suffering because of what you did to them."

In a statement, the girls' mother said: "It is unimaginable under any circumstances as to why anyone would want to harm my precious daughters and I have to give thanks that they were saved that day.

"Now that justice has been done, we can finally move on with our lives.

"It will be my focus now, with the help of my family and friends, to guide and support the girls to enable them to recover fully from the trauma they have suffered."

"Nothing would have saved those children other than the rescue"

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