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Man rescued after avalanche swept him 1,000ft

The man was stretchered down the peak by rescue teams to Llyn Glaslyn Credit: Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team

A man was airlifted to hospital by an RAF helicopter yesterday after being buried in snow by an avalanche on Snowdon.

The 28-year-old from Bristol and his girlfriend were swept 1,000ft by the snow.

Six other walkers were also caught in the avalanche and carried various distances.

The couple were ascending the PYG track - one of the most rugged and challenging - when ice gave way and the avalanche occurred, around lunchtime yesterday.

More than 30 rescuers were called out from Aberglaslyn and Llanberis Mountain Rescue teams.

Crews were also called to help a hiker who fell around 200ft through a large cornice, after wandering off route.

The man, thought to be in his 40s from Denbigh didn't have a map.

Rescuers said he managed to stop his slide, but didn't have an ice axe and dialled 999.

Rescuers from Llanberis Mountain Rescue searched in whiteout conditions Credit: Bellis Media

Four members of Llanberis rescue team searched in whiteout conditions for more than an hour, before finding him.

He was eventually recovered to safe ground.