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Injured climber in Snowdon rescue


Climbers rescued by RAF Valley

A climber is being treated in hospital after a dramatic rescue on Snowdon by a helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey, north Wales.

The 46-year-old man, from London, fell 50ft (15.2m) from a cliff at Lliwedd on the mountain, injuring his leg.

He and his companion were clinging on to a grass ledge above a sheer drop until the rescue helicopter arrived.

The RAF winchman unclipped himself and strapped both to his cable so they could be airlifted off the mountain.

Rescuers were alerted to the incident on the 700ft Snowdon face at 1530 BST on Sunday afternoon.

The RAF Sea King helicopter flew to the scene but it could not reach the men because the blade of the helicopter would have hit against the face of the mountain.

Instead winchman Sgt Ed Griffiths was lowered on 200ft (60.9m) of cable to reach the pair.

He unclipped himself from the wire and strapped the injured climber and his companion on to the cable.

Dramatic Snowdon rescue

"There was a good 300-400ft (91-122m) drop straight to the floor and we're on a six-inch (15cm) little ledge," he said.

"So for a period of time, round about ten seconds, I'm not secured to anything.

"I have to unclip myself and get everything ready and clip myself back on so, concern to put it mildly I would say."

They were then airlifted one at a time into the helicopter.

The injured man was flown to hospital at Bangor.

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