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Groom-to-be falls 30 metres after stag party.

Byline: By Jackie Bow South Wales Echo

A groom-to-be had to be rescued early today when he fell 30 metres down a steep railway embankment as he walked home from his stag night.

His calls for help were heard by his passing wife-to-be who had gone to meet him.

Luckily, he was unhurt and should be fit for his wedding tomorrow.

When the man's fiancee found he had left the stag night in Aberdare, she headed back home along the same route he had taken and raised the alarm after she heard his cries for help.

Fire crews from Aberdare, Merthyr, Ebbw Vale and Malpas were called out around 2am today and found the man at the bottom of the embankment along the old railway line which runs from Abernant and Cwmbach and starts opposite the Rhos Wenallt pub.

The Aberdare crew managed to carry the groom-to-be, who in his mid 20s, to safety.

Sub officer Mal Simons, said: 'It's a very steep embankment and you couldn't have noticed him from the top. Anything could have happened if his calls hadn't been heard.

'He was semi-conscious when we reached him and wanted to be left alone.

'We eventually managed to manhandle him up the embankment. It took us about 15 to 20 minutes. He wasn't hurt.'

Sub officer Simons said it seemed the rescued man's bride-to-be had decided to meet him as he left his stag night.

He had already left and the bride and her friend were returning home - luckily taking the same route as he did when they were alerted by his calls.

'He must have been aware of them walking past and shouted out,' said Sub officer Simons.

'One of his mates went down to help him and ended up with cuts and bruises. He was down there when we arrived but managed to get himself up safely.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2006
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