Damn idiots! Daredevils blasted for risking lives by climbing walls above 120ft height in reservoir
- A shocked resident saw four people climbing the walls of Caban Coch Dam in mid Wales.
Daredevils have been blasted for risking their lives by scaling the walls of a giant dam over a 12ft drop into a reservoir.
A shocked local saw four people climbing two rows of giant stone blocks protruding from the face of Caban Coch Dam in the Elan Valley, Wales.
The stunning architecture of the dams and the beauty of the Cambrian valley and mountains attract half a million people each year.
But this group of visitors were condemned for the risk – with one local resident saying: “I can’t believe someone could be that stupid.”
The dam would normally have water cascading down its outer face, but due to recent dry weather there is no flow and the stone blocks are visible to visitors to the Elan Valley.
Daredevils have been criticized for risking their lives by scaling the walls of a giant dam in Wales.
A shocked witness saw the four men (pictured) climbing two rows of giant stone blocks protruding from the front of the dam.
Local Evan Humphreys posted the images and a video on a local Facebook page – with the caption “Never seen this before”.
One response read: “What are they playing?” No thought about who should look after them if they fell.
Another said: “Someone needs to go back up the path and make them go away. »
One man said he had seen something similar before, writing: “A year or two ago I reported four people crossing the dam from one side to the other.
The group of visitors would have had to scramble down a steep grass ravine on the other side of the main road through the area, to the Elan Valley Visitor Center, to access the face of the dam.
A male can be seen balancing precariously on the sloping spillway at the top of the dam wall, clinging to a ledge – before disappearing into a gap in one of the stone towers at either end of the dam top.
This group of visitors to Caban Coch Dam (pictured) in the Elan Valley were condemned for the risk – with a local saying: “I can’t believe someone could be that stupid.”
The dam, which has a 120ft reservoir on Caban Coch (pictured), would normally have water cascading down its outer face, but due to recent dry weather there is no flow and the blocks of stone are visible to people visiting the Elan Valley.
Another male can be seen standing and then sitting on one of the protruding stone blocks built into the wall facade in the upper corner.
He then gets up and walks around the corner and climbs the sloping spillway and enters the same space.
Two other people in the video are sitting or standing at the edge of the ravine adjacent to the dam and at one point one of them walks towards the top and a piece of what looks like a rock or stone appears break loose and fall into the spillway.
Caban Coch is the lowest of a sequence of four dams built in the Elan River valley region.
The stunt was reported to Dyfed Powys Police and Elan Valley Rangers were tagged by some posters.