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Four walkers saved after eleven-hour night-time rescue operation in Snowdonia

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Four walkers have been saved after an eleven-hour night-time rescue operation in gales and rain on a 3,000ft Snowdonia peak.

A dozen mountain rescuers and a coastguard helicopter were involved in the search.

The walkers had set off at midday on Saturday hoping to climb North Gully on Tryfan. However, they decided to change their plan as the weather deteriorated.

The group crossed steep and dangerous ground before becoming stuck in the area of Grooved Arete.

Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team were alerted and used a smartphone app to help locate the group. But it was impossible to make voice contact due to the high winds and the group only had two small torches to try to attract attention.

They were finally found tucked into a crevice more than 200ft below the eastern traverse and ropes were used to rescue them.

The first casualty hauled up was not in a great condition so was immediately walked down by two team members while the rest of the group were being hauled up.

At this point there was a brief weather window when the coastguard helicopter was able to fly in and extract the group and team members.

Difficult flying meant that all the team kit had to be left behind on the North Ridge.

– Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team Spokesperson