North West Wales

Gwynedd cliff fall: Israeli rescuers step in to help

Israeli military rescuers visiting Wales have helped rescue a man who fell from a cliff in Gwynedd.

The two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Search and Rescue Unit members were climbing at Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog on Sunday where the 67-year-old man fell.

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team attended and the injured man was flown to hospital with a broken leg.

Meanwhile on Snowdon a woman aged 51 had a "lucky" escape after coming to a stop whilst falling on Crib y Ddysgyl.

In Tremadog the man had fallen 32ft (10m) on a route known as 'one step in the clouds' at Bwlch y Moch.

A spokesman for the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team said he had "luckily" been caught by his gear.

Help offered

The rescue at 10:54 BST on Sunday involved 14 team members and the Wales Air Ambulance as well as the Israelis who were visiting the area on a climbing trip.

According to the IDF website the search and rescue unit was established in 1983 and specialises in rescuing people trapped under ruins both in Israel and abroad.

An Aberglaslyn team member said they were climbing in the area and had offered to help.

The injured man was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

Meanwhile on Snowdon a woman fell on Crib y Ddysgyl at 18:00 BST on Sunday but came to a halt after plunging around 50 feet (15m).

She was winched aboard a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, before being flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment.

The woman suffered a suspected broken collar bone and upper arm.

"The woman had fallen down a steep scree before coming to a stop," said a spokesman for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, which had seven members involved.

"Two ladies had been climbing and the non-injured party was walked off the mountain by the team, with the whole operation taking around four hours," he added.

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