Snowdonia: Climber survives 650ft fall and four others rescued

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Crib GochImage source, Llanberis MRT
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The man fell 650ft from Crib Goch

A climber is recovering in hospital after surviving a 650ft (200m) fall in Snowdonia.

He was brought to safety by three mountain rescue teams, in heavy rain and 70mph winds on Sunday, after he fell from the Crib Goch ridge while scrambling with three other climbers.

The 35-year-old man suffered a broken leg, shoulder and wrist, as well as severe cuts.

A coastguard helicopter flew him to hospital in Liverpool.

A few miles away in Ogwen Valley, four university students from the Midlands were saved from 3,000ft (914m) up in an 11-hour overnight rescue in rain and gales.

A helicopter and a 12-strong rescue team plucked the four walkers off a popular Snowdonia mountain in "horrendous conditions" on Saturday.

Image source, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
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A 12-strong rescue team had to battle "horrendous" downpours and gales to save the group from Tryfan in the Ogwen Valley

The group became stuck near a difficult rock climb on the slopes of Tryfan in the Ogwen Valley, near Bangor.

The climbers "only had two small torches" and voice contact was "impossible" due to the poor weather.

The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team located the party "tucked into a crevice" about 230ft (70m) below the Eastern Traverse using a smartphone app.

The group had set off at about noon on Saturday hoping to climb Tryfan's North Gully in Conwy county but changed their plans as the weather deteriorated.

The four crossed steep and dangerous ground before becoming stuck in the area of Grooved Arete.

"The first casualty hauled up was not in a great condition so was immediately walked down by two team members while the rest of the group were being hauled up," said the Ogwen team on their website.

"At this point there was a brief weather window when the coastguard helicopter was able to fly in and extract the group and team members."

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A fifth member of the climbing party, who split up from the rest of his group, also called for help after he became "lost in the dark".

He sparked a search after calling police but was found eventually found after he "bumped into one of the search groups".

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