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Record number of call-outs for Snowdon rescue team

Llanberis Mountain Rescue team has warned that "serious consideration" needs to be given to the management of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales, after a record number of callouts last month.

Credit: Alun Allcock

The team, which is thought to be Britain's busiest, was called out 43 times in August, an increase on the previous record of 34 twelve months earlier.

Approximately 1,000 volunteer hours were spent attending incidents, including an RAF helicopter crash-landing on the summit of Yr Aran.

Most call-outs however, involved minor injuries to walkers on the slopes of Snowdon.

This RAF helicopter caught fire after making a Credit: Alun Allcock

Some have also become stuck on the narrow Crib Goch ridge on the mountain, the scene of a number of tragedies.

We've attended a variety of incidents this summer but the most common have been lower leg injuries, people too tired to continue and people crag-fast on Crib Goch.

It has been a massive commitment from a small group of volunteers, each trying to hold down a full time job and, of course, have a life of their own over the summer months.

To have 43 incidents in 31 days is not sustainable and serious consideration needs to be given to the future management of Snowdon and its visitors.

Many of the incidents that we have attended in August were preventable with the right knowledge and equipment and this message needs to be put across nationally.

– Rob Johnson, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

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The art installation is part of Visit Wales' 'Year of Adventure' campaign Credit: Paul Gannon

Visit Wales' recent 'Year of Adventure' campaign has seen mountain adventures sold to visitors, with the slogan "Find your Epic".

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Tourism in Wales has seen two record breaking years and the Year of Adventure 2016 is about promoting Wales’s world-class adventure experiences. Snowdonia, of course features in the campaign as one of our international iconic destinations, alongside many other areas, attractions and events.The Year of Adventure is also an opportunity to promote safety in the great outdoors. Visit Wales encourages visitors to participate in activities with accredited providers and to enjoy adventures in a way that respects the elements and landscapes.Mountain rescue teams do great work in helping people, but as the adventure sector continues to grow there is no doubt people rescue teams will need the help of educators in minimising the risk of people needing their assistance.That's why we will continue to work with partners and the industry so that people can enjoy Wales and be safe.

– Welsh Government spokesperson