North West Wales

Climber airlifted to hospital after Tremadog fall

Rescue helicopter
Image caption An RAF winch man helped the injured climber to safety under fading light

Two climbers were winched off a cliff in Gwynedd by an RAF rescue helicopter after one fell 10m (32ft) and was knocked unconscious.

The pair from Leeds had been climbing at Tremadog, near Porthmadog, when the incident happened on Saturday just before 16:00 GMT.

A fellow climber heard cries for help and alerted emergency services.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, airlifted the injured man to hospital.

The climbers were flown to Bangor where the injured climber received treatment for suspected head and back injuries at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

The helicopter winch man had to cut the rope securing the injured climber before lifting him to safety from a popular climbing route known as "Christmas curry".

Spinal injury

The Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team was involved in the rescue which ended at about 18:30 GMT, along with North Wales Police who closed the road below the scene.

A mountain rescue spokesperson said: "The team were on scene within 14 minutes of the call and quickly reached the top to set up a technical rope rescue system and evacuate the pair.

"The casualty suffered a minor head injury during the fall, and was treated for a suspected spinal injury and a dislocated right arm."

Image caption North Wales Police closed the road during the incident on Saturday

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