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Third man found dead on Snowdon

Rescuers say inexperienced should not tackle Snowdon in freezing weather

A man's body has been discovered at the same location on Mount Snowdon where two brothers were killed.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was helping two men who had fallen from Clogwyn Coch when the body was found.

The dead man was not a member of their climbing party and it is unclear how long his body had been there.

Christopher McCallion, 29, from Bristol, and brother James, 35, of Weston-Super-Mare, were found dead near the notorious blackspot on Monday.

The rescue team's secretary Ian Henderson said he had no information as to the identity of the dead man.

"The emphasis at the moment is on the rescue and recovery of the living," he said on Saturday evening.

One man who was part of a four-strong walking party had been airlifted to hospital by RAF helicopter, having sustained multiple injuries when he slipped from the Llanberis path and plunged 660ft (200m) down the cliff.

Safety kit

A second man had gone over the ledge but managed to break his fall and was stuck on a ledge, Mr Henderson said.

He added that he did not think they had been equipped with ice axes or crampons.

Teams from the neighbouring Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation were also called out to help a woman with a broken ankle at Cwm Idwal and a man with head injuries at Tryfan during Saturday.

Rescue volunteers have become increasingly frustrated that their warnings about being properly prepared for the severe weather conditions are not being heeded.

Mr Henderson said: "We would reinforce ours safety message that if you're going onto the mountains in north Wales at the moment, you must be fully competent in winter conditions.

"You must be carrying appropriate kit, be competent navigators and know how to use a compass, an ice axe and crampons."

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