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Friday 22 August 2014

Man dies after 100ft mountain fall

Published 30/03/2013 | 12:31

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Snowdonia National Park chiefs warned people to avoid walking in the mountains in the current cold and windy weather

A man has died after falling from a mountain in Snowdonia.

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A helicopter crew from RAF Valley in Anglesey was scrambled after the reported 100ft (30m) fall on Glyder Fawr above the Ogwen Valley.

The man was flown to hospital in Bangor, North Wales, on Friday afternoon but died shortly afterwards.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team was alerted to the fall and was also called out to a couple in their late 20s who became stranded on a walking route on Carnedd Dafydd and had to be led to safety.

On Thursday, Snowdonia National Park chiefs warned people to avoid walking in the mountains in the current cold and windy weather, unless they were "thoroughly prepared with the correct skills and tools". The message came after six people needed to be rescued from the mountains of Snowdonia up to that point in the week.

On behalf of the Mountainsafe Partnership, John Grisdale, chairman of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said: "There is an incredible pressure on our rescue teams at the moment. It is difficult enough to rescue troubled walkers when the weather is pleasant, but saving walkers in weather like this is difficult and time consuming, and totally unnecessary.

"When snow is frozen hard, it is very slippery and extremely treacherous underfoot. You should also remember that the temperature in the mountains is much lower than the temperature on the ground and wind chills can be as low as minus 20C (minus 4F) in the mountains of Snowdonia."

Helen Pye, the National Park Warden on Snowdon, said: "If people want walks that are more challenging during the next few weeks, remember that you do not have to go to the peaks of the Snowdonia mountains to experience adventure.

"Snowdonia has a number of suitable walks which do not require special equipment.

"Remember that the peaks of Snowdonia have been here for thousands of years, and they'll continue to be here when the weather is better."

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