MOUNTAIN ROCK FALL KILLS MAN
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.