A CAVER has been rescued from a cave after spending more than two days trapped inside.

The man was brought out of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu in the Brecon Beacons at around 7.45pm on Monday following a 54-hour ordeal.

After being lifted to the surface he was clapped and cheered by rescuers before being helped into a cave rescue Land Rover ready to be transported down to a waiting ambulance.

Described as an experienced caver, the man had been trapped since Saturday at around 1pm after suffering a fall.

His injuries are said to be non-life threatening, but are believed to include a broken jaw, leg, and spinal injuries.

More than 240 people have been involved in the the operation, and at least eight cave rescue teams from around the UK.

Peter Francis, a SMWCRT spokesperson, said the rescue is the longest in South Wales caving history.

The 74-year-old said: “This is the longest rescue we’ve ever done but we’re very pleased with the progress being made.

“The caver was very unlucky here. He’s an experienced caver, a fit caver. And it was a matter of putting his foot in the wrong place.

“He wasn’t in a dangerous part of the cave, it’s just something moved from under him.”

Earlir rescuers who had been slowly carrying and pulling him from the cave had describe him as being in a 'stable' condition, and his injuries are not life-threatening, say rescuers

Rescuers inching the injured climber to safety described him as "stable" - and are confident that his injuries are not life-threatening.

Despite his multiple injuries broken bones, the rescue team leaders say it is only "a matter of time before we get him out" to take him straight to hospital.

Peter Francis, 74, from South and Mid-Wales Cave Rescue Team, said: "We can confirm that the man has multiple injuries but they are not life-threatening.

"We're very optimistic now, it's a matter of time before we get him out.

"He's warm, he's stable. The doctor with him is monitoring him the whole time and we're not worried about him getting hypothermia."

Mr Francis said the man was "an experienced, fit caver" and "it was a matter of putting his foot in the wrong place."

"It's just something moved from under him."

Mr Francis said rescuers had brought the man towards the top entrance of the cave and were planning on bringing him down and then transporting him by car to hospital for emergency treatment.

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

A rescue mission has been under way all day to to save the man who has been trapped inside a cave in the Brecon Beacons for two days.

The South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team said the man fell while caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, a cave system near Penwyllt on Saturday.

There is no detail on the severity of the injuries suffered, however because of the injuries he suffered in the fall he is said to be unable to climb out of the cave.

The injured man has been taken to the top of the cave system.

The emergency service was notified by another caver and since then at least eight rescue teams from across the UK have joined the operation.

The National Wales: The entrance to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave: Credit: Hywel Williams, CC BY-SA 2.0The entrance to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave: Credit: Hywel Williams, CC BY-SA 2.0

"This incident is ongoing and involves cave rescuers from teams across the UK," it said.

Involved are the Gloucester Cave Rescue Group, Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation, Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, Mendip Cave Rescue, South East Cave Rescue Organisation, the Cave Rescue Organisation, and Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association.

The caver has been given medical treatment underground and other cavers have been with him while the rescue plan is arranged.

The National Wales: Rescuers near Penwyllt, Powys in the Brecon Beacons. Photo: Ben Birchall, PARescuers near Penwyllt, Powys in the Brecon Beacons. Photo: Ben Birchall, PA

Where is Ogof Ffynnon Ddu?

Located inside a nature reserve, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (meaning 'cave of the black spring') was discovered in 1946 and is 300m deep at its lowest point, with its underground caverns stretching to over 30 miles.

The caves may only be accessed by properly equipped cavers with a permit from the South Wales Caving Club - the entrances are gated and locked at all other times.

For more information about the caves, including photos and videos, visit the South Wales Caving Club website.

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