Heroic students rescue mountain biker in Black Mountains

Pictured: Guy Saxby and triplets Elena, Ollie and Charlotte Clements (Left-right).

Cirencester College’s Duke of Edinburgh students found themselves coming to the rescue of an injured mountain biker this weekend while hiking in the Welsh Black Mountains.

The five students, Oliver Cook, Guy Saxby and triplets Elena, Ollie and Charlotte Clements, contacted emergency services, who treated the injured man at the scene before taking him to hospital.

The team, who were taking part in a practice Silver DofE walk, stopped the 46-year-old man from making the descent alone once they realised he had sustained serious injuries.

The students applied their first aid training straight away by keeping the man warm during the four hours it took for the Longtown Mountain Rescue team to arrive: “He started shaking because it was so cold up there, so we wrapped his legs and injured shoulder and zipped him into one of our sleeping bags,” said Charlotte.

Students Ollie and Elena had to run down the mountain to meet the emergency services, as the helicopter responders were unable to land safely. Coordinating with the other members of their group, Guy, Oliver and Charlotte, the students successfully navigated the emergency crew to the patient.

Speaking after the rescue the students said: “The experience has brought us closer together and now we know what we need to do in future if anything happens to us.”

Team Leader John Newman said: “I’m really proud of how they reacted to the situation. The group actively engaged the man, keeping him warm and treating him for shock. They did all the coordinating for the mountain rescue team on their own and I’m very impressed with how the conducted themselves.”

The students’ bravery also gained a special mention and thanks on Longtown Mountain Rescue’s twitter account, @Longtownmrt, “Call out yesterday afternoon to an injured mountain biker on Sugar Loaf. The man was treated at the scene and then carried by stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Thanks to a DofE group who raised the alarm, provided shelter to the casualty and guided us to the location.”

The students are now carefully preparing their next DofE expedition in the Lake District later this year.

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at Cirencester Sixth Form College please see here, or come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 27 June from 5pm to 8pm. For more information about this story contact izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk