SIX CALLOUTS IN ONE DAY FOR MOUNTAIN RESCUERS
MOUNTAIN rescuers have been called out 200 times so far this year after a busy weekend saw them hit the landmark after attending six incidents in one day.
The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was out from 9am till 9pm on Saturday and reached the double century a week earlier than in 2017.
The first rescue involved a member of a “well-organised” group who had fallen on slippery rocks at Llyn Cwyn Ffynnon and was knocked unconscious. Five rescuers went to the casualty’s aid who was then flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd by coastguard helicopter.
At 12.41 the team had a call about someone suffering severe cramp descending the Llanberis Path. Advice was given and they continued on their journey.
The third rescue involved a hill walker in their 40s who collapsed and was struggling to breathe on the summit of Snowdon. He was given food and drink by passing walkers and was able to walk down.
On the fourth call-out a spokesman said: “We received a call at around 2.20pm from a couple attempting to descend from the Clogwyn Y Person ridge where they had become cragfast and one had torn a hamstring. Despite the best efforts of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency Helicopter Rescue 936, they were unable to drop a team nearer than Clogwyn Station.
“A team member enjoying a day’s scrambling nearby was able to divert and secure the casualty.
“After a long walk in, the casualty was reached, a rope system built and they were brought back up the ridge where the LLMRT members were joined by six members of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team who had carried a stretcher up and then helped with the evacuation to Clogwyn Station where the helicopter was able to return and pick up.”
While the team were dealing with that incident, two further calls came in. One was an elderly walker who had leg pains, felt unable to continue down the Llanberis Path and was helped down by Land Rover.
At 6.43pm, they were called to reports of an unconscious mountain biker on the Miner’s Track. Two team members and a team doctor attended in a Land Rover, the biker had lost consciousness for a short time and had sustained some facial injuries.
Alun Allcock, LLMRT chairman said: “The dedication and personal sacrifices of team members and their families that enable us to respond to over 200 incidents in a year is staggering.”