North West Wales

Body recovered from Glyder Fawr in Snowdonia

Glyder Fawr in Snowdonia. Pic: Alastair Tye
Image caption Glyder Fawr in the Ogwen Valley is Wales' fifth highest peak

The body of a climber has been recovered from a 1,000m peak in Snowdonia.

The body was found 90m below a cliff face on the Glyder Fawr mountain in the Ogwen Valley on Friday afternoon.

Mountain rescue teams who have been scouring the hillsides for a missing Shropshire walker, Christopher Whitfield, made the discovery.

However, police have not said whether the discovery is linked to Mr Whitfield's disappearance.

Officer said they are still in the process of formally identifying the deceased man, and have informed the coroner of the death.

North Wales Police said it had been a "protracted and difficult" operation to recover the fallen climber from steep and loose ground.

The body was found by an Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and Search and Rescue Dog Association dog handler.

The mountain rescue team have spent the last three days trying to locate 42-year-old Mr Whitfield, who has not been seen since Sunday.

Lay-by

He had been planning to climb another peak in the area, Tryfan, when he went missing.

His car was later found in a lay-by in the Ogwen Valley, when concerns about his safety were raised on Wednesday.

Sarda Wales said three mountain search dogs and handlers were involved in looking for Mr Whitfield.

A body was found under the main cliffs of Glyder Fawr in an area known locally as High Pastures.

"The colour of his clothing and the consistently poor weather made the man very difficult to see and the find re-iterated the value of search dogs," said a spokesman.

The Sarda spokesman added: "Our thoughts are now with the family and friends and we send them all our deepest condolences."

The body was airlifted to hospital in Bangor by an RAF Valley Sea King helicopter.

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