North West Wales

Weather hampers Snowdonia rescues

Rain and cloud hampered rescuers as they brought a 37-year-old woman down from a mountainside in Snowdonia.

The woman was on 1,064m (3,491ft) Carnedd Llewelyn with her 67-year-old father taking part in a trek to raise money for a children's hospice.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team members carried her to below the cloud base so an RAF rescue helicopter could fly her to hospital in Bangor.

In another incident four rock climbers were rescued from Idwal Slabs.

Three of the climbers were novices and they had become stuck in the dark.

All of them were students from Warrington, and rescuers said three were wearing trainers.

Ropes were used to get them down and they were led off the mountainside and given showers, dry clothing and advice, said a team member.

  • The Ogwen team are mourning the loss of Ken Dwyer, of Capel Curig, who had been a member since 1966.

In recent years he had a supporting role, providing transport during rescue missions and other back-up.

Mr Dwyer, the son of a noted mountain guide, leaves a widow Anne and two sons.

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