Snowdonia climbers in seven-hour mountain rescue

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image captionThe men waited for seven hours on a Snowdonia mountain to be rescued

Two climbers have been rescued from a mountain in Snowdonia after a seven-hour operation to bring them to safety.

The men endured harsh winds and rain after becoming trapped on the 2,946ft (898m) Y Lliwedd mountain.

The alarm was raised at 1725 GMT on Saturday and the uninjured pair were eventually winched to safety by an RAF helicopter shortly before 0100 GMT

The two men had not climbed the mountain before.

The pair set off mid-morning on Saturday to begin their ascent.

But they were forced to raise the alarm on their mobile phone after getting stuck on the mountain in the late afternoon.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and the RAF Mountain Rescue Team based at RAF Valley on Anglesey were all involved in the rescue operation.

Strong winds and heavy sleet and hail showers held up the rescue attempt.

'Daring'

But a break in the adverse weather conditions late on Saturday allowed an RAF helicopter to winch the pair to safety.

An Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team spokesman described the helicopter rescue as "daring".

"The weather front passed over leaving a starlit night albeit still windy above the tops," he said.

"RAF 22 Squadron were able to fly in, with a lot of turbulence, and locate the two.

"Holding a very daring hover close to this large cliff face, the crew were able to winch the two aboard and fly them down to Nant Peris."

He added: "Here, in the warmth of Llanberis MRT Base they were given hot food, hot drinks and a lot of sound advice."

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