A climber has died after falling down an ice-covered gully on Snowdonia in Wales. The man fell down what has been described as a “considerable distance”.
While two climbers, understood to have been with him or climbing near to him, used ropes to try to get him to safety, they could only manage to secure him to a rock face until help arrived.
A rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene and the man was immediately airlifted to hospital. But, sadly, medics could not save him and he was pronounced dead following the horror fall.
Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue said that the weather had been clear when he fell, with just a few patches of snow in the upper sections of the mountains. One of the rescuers who attended the scene, Chris Lloyd, said that the man had serious injuries and was unresponsive when they managed to reach him.
The helicopter flew into the valley and straight to the incident after receiving the emergency call. He was rushed straight to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, which is in Bangor. However, upon reaching hospital, the man was pronounced dead.
A spokesperson for the rescue team said their thoughts were with the man’s loved ones, after he died in the tragedy, which took place on a beautiful sunny day. Rescuers also thanked a woman who quickly called to report the incident, as well as the two climbers who had helped him. As well as the two climbers who went to his assistance, 15 members of the mountain rescue team went out to the scene.
This latest death follows a number of casualties last year. In March, a woman fell to her death while her horrified husband watched on. The woman, who was in her fifties, and her husband had been descending the mountain when they took a wrong turn, going down the dangerous Notch gully. She fell 70ft to her death.