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AMAN died in a rock fall on Snow­don on Christ­mas Eve. A moun­tain res­cue team was called to the area by mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­ported a “pos­si­ble rock fall” on the morn­ing of Christ­mas Eve.

Af­ter car­ry­ing out a search of the area, the Llan­beris Moun­tain Res­cue Team sent a he­li­copter to the scene and the man was found.

It is be­lieved he had fallen from the moun­tain.

A spokesman for the moun­tain res­cue team said: “On the morn­ing of Christ­mas Eve the team were alerted by mem­bers of the pub­lic, who were on the PYG track, to a pos­si­ble rock fall be­low Bwlch Y Saethau.

“Af­ter look­ing through a high­pow­ered cam­era lens the in­for­mant was con­cerned that a per­son may have been caught up in the fall.

“The team co­or­di­na­tor im­me­di­ately re­quested sup­port from the [coast­guard he­li­copter] who were im­me­di­ately tasked to the scene and de­ployed their winch­man para­medic. The winch­man lo­cated the ca­su­alty and re­layed the mes­sage that, trag­i­cally, the ca­su­alty hadn’t sur­vived the fall.”

The body of the man, who was in his early 40s, was re­cov­ered from the scene.

The moun­tain res­cue team added: “Our con­do­lences go to the fam­ily and friends of the ca­su­alty, at any time a tragic in­ci­dent, more-so given the time of year.

“And our spe­cial thanks go to both crews of [the res­cue he­li­copter] for their speed and com­mit­ment to what, at times, was a highly tech­ni­cal and dan­ger­ous res­cue.”

They said the ter­rain in the area “proved quite tech­ni­cal” with mem­bers need­ing more than 300m of rope to walk off the hill.

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