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Police seek missing person in Snowdonia

Phone app helps find lost walkers in Snowdonia

A smartphone app was used to find a man and woman who got lost in poor visibility and then darkness high on a Snowdonia peak.

At 7.30pm on Saturday night, Aberdyfi search and rescue team were alerted to two lost walkers, in their 20s and from Birmingham, on Cadair Idris, near Dolgellau. One had an injured knee.

A small party of mountain rescuers made their way directly to the location after their mobile phone position was pinpointed. The pair were escorted down the mountain to Gwernan lake, which rescuers said was a slow process because of the tussock and gorse-covered hillside, and everyone was off the near-3,000ft peak by 11pm.

Man airlifted after fall in Snowdonia

Mountain Rescue says the party was well equipped. Credit: Rob Formstone/PA Archive/PA Images

A 45-year-old man from Newtown in Mid Wales was flown to hospital with cuts to his head and lower leg injuries, last night, after he fell 20 feet while scrambling in Snowdonia.

It happened on the north ridge of 3,000ft high Tryfan and he was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey and flown to hospital at Bangor.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team was also involved, sending a party of twelve on to the mountain equipped with a stretcher and ropes.

The man had been with a group of four from Newtown when a rock he was grasping became dislodged.

Man who died in rock climbing fall is named

A climber killed in a fall on a popular Snowdonia cliff was named this afternoon as 50-year-old Keith William Waddell.

Mr Waddell died while climbing on the Bwlch y Moch cliffs close to Tremadog in Gwynedd.

Members of Aberglaslyn rescue team went to the scene but Mr Waddell, from Leeds, was already dead.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones is investigating and there will be an inquest.


Walkers urged to prepare 'carefully' when in Snowdonia

Walkers are being encouraged to prepare properly before walking in Snowdonia.

Walkers are being urged to prepare before walking in Snowdonia Credit: Snowdonia National Park

As the summer holidays are well under way for thousands of families in Snowdonia, walkers are encouraged to take advantage of the large number of alternative walking trails in Snowdonia. However, with the current unsettled weather, preparation is essential.

– Snowdonia Park Authority

This is echoed by the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who say it is important to "take care" when walking in the area.

They have released a list of tips for those who are thinking about walking in Snowdonia.

  • Prepare - take a map and plenty of water
  • Dress - make sure you have a sun hat, sun cream and wet weather clothes just in case!
  • Weather - have a look at the forecast beforehand and don't be afraid to cancel your walk if the weather isn't suitable
  • Respect - follow the Countryside Code and take your rubbish home

70-year-old climber dies after falling in Snowdonia

A 70-year-old climber died yesterday after a climbing accident in Snowdonia. It happened at Dinas Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass.

John Ellis Roberts, a former head warden of Snowdonia National Park, fell 25ft on to a ledge whilst on a climbing crag.

Mr Roberts was winched by an RAF Sea King helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey and flown to a hospital at Bangor. He was later declared dead at the hospital.

People have been paying tribute to Mr Roberts, who over the years took part in scores of rescues in the mountains.

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