Brecon Beacons: George Linnane named as rescued caveron November 10, 2021 at 8:50 am

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George Linnane was rescued after he was injured and stranded in a cave system for two days.

Rescue team carrying injured caver on a stretcher through a cave, 8 November 2021

Image source, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team

An injured man who was rescued after more than two days underground in a cave system has been named.

The BBC has been told that he is George Linnane, from Bristol.

He fell and was hurt while caving in the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave system in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday.

Three hundred volunteers from across the UK came together to help with his 54-hour rescue. Mr Linnane is in hospital with multiple injuries after the ordeal.

He had broken his tibia and fibula, his jaw, and had chest injuries, a spokesperson for South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team (SMWCRT) said.

The rescue was one of the UK’s longest cave rescue operations after 300 volunteers came together from across the country to put their caving expertise to the test.

It took 16 cave rescue teams across England, Wales and Scotland coming together to make sure the rescue ended safely.

Another caver who was with Mr Linnane notified police about the incident at about 14:30 GMT on Saturday.

This was the longest cave rescue undertaken in . Previously, the longest had been a 41-hour operation.

Graphic: The rescue team had to carry the injured man through the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu caves

Foggy and wet conditions in the Brecon Beacons meant an air ambulance helicopter was unable to land.

Mr Linnane had to be moved on a stretcher by specialist crews working in shifts.

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