Wales

Snowdonia rescue: US paratrooper medics aid ice climber

  • 22 January 2013
  • From the section Wales
Media captionThe ice climber suffered a suspected broken leg and was flown to hospital

US Air Force paratrooper medics were among the rescuers after an ice climber fell and injured himself in Snowdonia.

The Americans, who were on exercises in the area, joined Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team and an RAF helicopter in the rescue at Devil's Kitchen.

The Conwy Valley man, in his mid-20s, was on his third ice climb when he fell about 15ft (4.5m) at dusk on Tuesday.

He was winched aboard a Sea King from Valley, Anglesey, and flown to hospital in Bangor with a suspected broken leg.

The US paramedics involved in the rescue were from the USAF "PJs" - paramedics who are trained to parachute behind enemy lines to recover downed aircrew.

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