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Snowdonia rope rescue ensures woman Idwal Slabs airlift

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A 15-strong mountain rescue team used ropes to move a woman across a steep slope so she could be airlifted to safety after she slipped in Snowdonia.

The four-hour rescue began after the 22-year-old from London fell as she descended a path on Cwm Idwal on Saturday night, injuring her foot.

Winds stopped her being winched from the scene, which was why she was moved.

Chris Lloyd, of Ogwen mountain rescue team, said: "It was quite a technical rope rescue."

The woman had been among four rock climbers when she fell 15ft (4.5m) while walking on the mountain, also known as Idwal Slabs.

An RAF rescue helicopter lowered a winchman on to the mountainside but could not pick her up from the location because of the wind.

After Ogwen mountain rescue team members carried her to where the the Sea King helicopter crew could reach her, she was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor.

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