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Climber dies after 450ft Snowdonia mountain fall

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Image caption The mountain falls happened on Saturday

A climber has died after falling 450ft on a mountain in Snowdonia.

The man in his 40s, from Flintshire, was with a climbing group when he slipped in a snow-filled gully at Cwm Lloer on Saturday.

The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team and another climbing group reached him to give him first aid.

But he died of his injuries shortly after being put aboard an RAF helicopter from Valley, said the mountain rescue team.

The incident happened at about 1120 GMT.

In a second incident also above the Ogwen Valley, a 47-year-old man from Warwickshire was injured after falling 250ft on Y Garn at around 1430 GMT.

Well-equipped

The man was with a group of four in a snow and ice gully, and it is believed he had caught a crampon which caused him to lose his balance.

The climber was conscious but suffered a dislocated shoulder, head and rib injuries.

The mountain rescue team and RAF helicopter were again called out to reach him and the man was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Chris Lloyd, spokesman for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, said: "He had been snow and ice climbing and was well equipped although he was a novice winter climber.

"It is thought he tripped up on crampons and slipped."

In between the Ogwen Valley rescues, the same rescue helicopter also airlifted a woman of 30 to hospital after she slipped at a lakeside near Llanberis and broke an ankle.

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