Wales

Dorset man dies after fall on Glyder Fach in Snowdonia

  • 1 August 2012
  • From the section Wales

A 23-year-old walker from Dorset has fallen 300ft (91.4m) to his death on a mountain in Snowdonia.

The man had been walking in low mist with another 23-year-old man, also from Dorset, when he slipped and fell from a gully cliff face on Glyder Fach.

Members of the Ogwen Valley and RAF mountain rescue teams reached the men at about 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

The casualty was airlifted to hospital at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, where he was confirmed to have died.

Chris Lloyd from Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue said the two walkers had been looking for a way down off the mountain.

"They had found a gully, the eastern gully on the main cliffs, which isn't a descent route," he said.

"One of them slipped and fell some 300ft. Sadly it was a fatal fall.

"The two men were reasonably well-equipped, but it was low mist, and greasy underfoot.

"Unfortunately, it was one of those incidents that sometimes happens in the mountains."

The incident was witnessed by two climbers in the area who alerted the emergency services.

The climbers and the surviving walker were airlifted back to Ogwen Valley rescue base by an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter, while the casualty was carried down to a lower point before being airlifted to hospital.

North Wales Police said it was called at 16.55 BST on Tuesday about the fall but confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

"The family and the coroner have been informed," a spokeswoman added.

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