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Mountain rescues prompt new plea

Rescuers say only the experienced and well equipped should tackle Snowdon

Walkers have again been urged to stay away from dangerous mountain areas after another death and six rescue calls in one day on Snowdon.

North Wales Police and rescuers say only the experienced and properly equipped should tackle mountains during the current weather.

A man of 27 from the Shrewsbury area was found dead on Snowdon on Saturday. His name has not yet been released.

He was discovered at the spot where two brothers' bodies were found on Monday.

The latest death was discovered as as Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was helping two men who had fallen from Clogwyn Coch.

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

He was found five days after the discovery of the bodies of Christopher McCallion, 29, from Bristol, and brother James, 35, of Weston-Super-Mare.

Saturday's Snowdon rescues included:

• Two men from a party of four fell while walking down the mountain, leaving one stranded on a cliff ledge and the other seriously injured. Another man and a woman were stranded and all were flown to safety by an RAF helicopter

• In the nearby Glydir Fach mountain range, a man fell while going down and suffered head injuries. He was walked down by rescuers and transferred to hospital

• A woman fell and suffered an ankle injury before being walked down the mountain and treated.

Police and rescuers advised "only experienced climbers and walkers with axes and crampons, and knowledge of their correct use, to contemplate scaling mountain ranges in the current weather conditions".

They also urged walkers to arrange with friends and family to ensure that if they were missing for any period, police and rescuers should be informed as soon as possible.

Walkers were also asked to carry a mobile phone, to tell others the route they plan to take and the vehicles they would use.

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