A MUM and her little boy had to be flown to safety after they got lost on a Swansea Valley hillside.
They were in a group of four who found themselves in trouble after wading through waist-high marshy ground.
Fortunately they were able to use a mobile phone to raise the alarm — and police who knew the area well found them and escorted them to safety.
Sergeant John Fairhurst of the Neath and Pontardawe sector said the three adults and 3-year-old boy were on the hillside above Graig Road in Godre'rgraig.
"They became stuck in a very poor location on the mountain," explained Sergeant Fairhurst.
"They had been walking but took a short cut and found they could not go any further.
"Neither could they turn back because they were lost.
"Luckily they had a mobile phone with a good signal and were able to call a friend, who in turn contacted the police."
Sergeant Fairhurst said they had been forced to make their way along marshy ground.
At one point they had to wade through waist-high, very cold water, leading to concerns of hypothermia.
The South Wales Police helicopter was launched and was able to land on the top of the mountain.
Officers used their local knowledge to locate the party and some of them then escorted the mum and the little boy to the helicopter.
"They were flown to Trebanos Rugby Club where arrangements had been made for the helicopter to land," said Sergeant Fairhurst.
"From there they were taken to their home address. In the meantime officers escorted the remaining two adults off the mountain and they too were taken home."
The RAF helicopter and the ambulance service were both on standby but in the end neither was needed.
"They were all safe and well and did not require any medical attention," added Sergeant Fairhurst.
"In total the operation lasted around three hours but it was worth it as there was a very good outcome."