North West Wales

Rescue dog finds Snowdon walkers for Llanberis team

Walkers rescued on Snowdon
Image caption Poor conditions meant the rescue had to take place without a helicopter

A search and rescue dog has saved three walkers lost on Snowdon in thick cloud above a steep drop.

The group set off on the Watkin Path on Saturday, but got lost on the south side of Lliwedd at about 1600 BST.

They phoned the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team which attended with Cluanie the dog and her handler Helen Howe.

The dog discovered the stricken walkers stuck on a ledge and directed the rescuers to them. All were safely led off the mountain.

Image caption Cluanie spotted the trapped walkers and led the rescuers to them

Rob Johnson, of Search and Rescue Dogs Association (Sarda) Wales, said the rescue took about four hours.

"Five team members (from Llanberis) were tasked to head to the approximate location of the party including Sarda Wales handler Helen and her dog Cluanie.

"Cluanie found the party stuck on a ledge above a steep drop and returned to Helen and the rest of the team to indicate her find.

"She then took the team into the grateful walkers who were brought safely off the mountain by the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.

"It was pretty grim weather which meant that a helicopter was unable to fly.

"The missing walkers had been able to give an approximate location from their mobile phone and then Cluanie did the rest.

"The added speed of a search dog team meant that the walkers avoided hypothermia in some pretty foul conditions."

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