Man, 70, air­lifted off moun­tain af­ter res­cue team and other climbers did all they could to save him

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Evans

APENSIONER has died af­ter fall­ing from Snow­don. A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion has taken place on the 70-year-old, who has been named as Roy Whitby of Coalville, Le­ices­ter­shire, and a coroner’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing held.

The 70-year-old fell from an area close to the Min­ers and PYG tracks on the moun­tain just be­fore 3.30pm last Tuesday.

He was air­lifted from the scene, but could not be saved.

A spokesman for Llan­beris Moun­tain Res­cue Team said: “On Tuesday af­ter­noon, North Wales Po­lice re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls that a 70-year-old male had fallen out of sight in the area close to the in­ter­sec­tion of the Min­ers and PYG tracks by the old mine work­ings.

“Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency Res­cue [he­li­copter] was quickly on scene.

“They dropped their on­board para- medic be­fore re­turn­ing to our land­ing zone to pick up two team mem­bers with more equip­ment.

“A sec­ond lift of team mem­bers took place, backed up by oth­ers in three Land Rovers.”

The spokesman said the man was taken to hospi­tal but did not sur­vive.

They said: “Af­ter plac­ing him in a stretcher, the gen­tle­man was winched back on­board the res­cue [he­li­copter] and trans­ferred to Ys­byty Gwynedd . De­spite the best ef­forts of every­one in­volved, the gen­tle­man did not sur­vive his in­juries.

“Our sin­cer­est con­do­lences go to the fam­ily and friends of our fel­low hill­walker. Also our thanks to the passers-by who did all they could to try to make this a bet­ter out­come.”

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