North West Wales

Snowdon walker airlifted after 1,300ft Watkin Path fall

A 21-year-old walker escaped with cuts to the head after slipping about 1,300ft (400m) on a path on Snowdon.

The man from Leicestershire was described as "very, very lucky" after he was airlifted by RAF helicopter to hospital in Bangor.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue was called out to help the man on the Watkin Path.

Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man from Belfast suffered a jaw injury when he fell about 300ft (90m) from the Miners Track on the same mountain.

The walker from Belfast did not have crampons despite recent warnings from mountain rescuers that hikers and climbers needed to be equipped properly on the frozen peaks.

He was also flown to hospital in Bangor.

It is the latest in a series of operations for the RAF Valley crew in Snowdonia over the Bank Holiday weekend:

  • A man died after falling on Glyder Fawr on Friday
  • A couple became stuck in the snow on Carnedd Dafydd on Friday
  • A climber suffered a broken leg after sliding about 300ft on Glyder Fawr on Sunday
  • A woman was hurt in a fall of about 60ft (18m) fall at Aber Falls on Sunday
  • A man, 67, airlifted from Snowdon with hypothermia while walking on Sunday.

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