Brecon Beacons lightning strikes: Two dead

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:35 GMT, Jul 6, 2015 |

Two people are dead, and two others are in hospital, following separate lightning strikes in the Brecon Beacons in Powys. Emergency services were called to areas around Pen y Fan in the national park at midday on Sunday.

Two individuals were airlifted to hospital in Merthyr Tydfil with what were described initially as life-threatening injuries. Two others are also being treated – one at a specialist burns unit in Swansea.

A spokesman for Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr confirmed on Sunday evening that two of those taken to the hospital had died. Another individual remains at the hospital, while a fourth person has been transferred to Morriston Hospital in Swansea with burns injuries.

It is understood that the pair taken from the 2,600ft (800m) Cribyn peak in the Beacons included a man in his 50s. Another of those injured was on Corn Du, south-west of Pen y Fan.