Climbers lifted to safety in mountain rescue

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has released dramatic footage of the moment two climbers were lifted to safety in Snowdonia.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team also assisted in the rescue after North Wales Police requested 'air support' on 27 December at around 2pm.

The climbers were not properly equipped for the terrain and became stuck on a ledge on Crib Goch.

Because of the walkers position, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon flew in three members of the Llanberis MRT to secure the walkers with ropes before the helicopter could attempt to winch them.

Once the two were safely onboard they were airlifted to the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team base uninjured.

The Coastguard helicopter then returned to pick up the three Mountain Rescue Team members.

UK mountains should not be underestimated as they can be unforgiving for even the most experienced. Severe weather conditions could mean a change your environment within minutes and navigation could become difficult. White-out snow conditions could also make paths and tracks dangerously impassable.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency