Police 'cannot confirm' all of the schoolchildren missing in Brecon Beacons are accounted for


A group of schoolchildren lost in the Brecon Beacons has been located and a rescue helicopter is with them on the mountain, but Dyfed-Powys Police said "we cannot confirm that all in the group are accounted for".

It's believed that around 20 schoolchildren were lost in atrocious weather conditions. The alarm was raised at about 1pm and three mountain rescue teams and police were deployed.

They were last seen near the Tafarn Y Garreg pub, Abercraf, Powys. Landlord Andy Maglaras said rescue teams are bringing the children who have been found to safety.

Maglaras said: "We are just waiting for them to come down, they are up on a trail.

"We are getting some hot juice ready for them.

"The rescue mission is based in our car park.

"There are 10 or 15 vehicles in the search and the helicopter.

"They have told us they will be bringing the children here and to get them something hot to drink and keep them by the fire.

"14 (children) are meant to be coming here now. I think they were on a school trip, we get quite a few around here."

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The pupils' ages and where they are from have not yet been confirmed. But the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team confirmed it was taking part in the operation.

The search came as south-west Wales was hit by heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon.