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Man's second rescue from Snowdon

A snow-covered Snowdon
Inexperienced people have been warned against tackling the mountain

A 42-year-old man from Manchester has been rescued on Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon, for the second time in just five months.

Two walkers raised the alarm after finding the injured man on the Pyg Track, a main route to the summit.

He had slipped about 50ft, injuring his leg and after being placed on a special stretcher, he was winched into a rescue helicopter and flown to hospital.

He was also found with hypothermia and frostbite at the summit in October.

This time, the man was discovered lying in fresh snow and hail by walkers who raised the alarm.

He was rescued by an RAF helicopter from Valley on Anglesey.

In October, four climbers spotted what they thought at first was a pile of rubbish, covered in hail and snow, in the doorway of the new 8m cafe complex at the 3,560ft summit of Snowdon.

Luckily, a train from Snowdon Mountain Railway was taking a party to visit the new cafe complex, and the man was put aboard and taken down to the Halfway station.

From there he was airlifted to the same hospital at Bangor where he was taken by rescuers on Wednesday.

There have been repeated warnings by mountain rescuers for people not to go onto the mountains ill-equipped.

During February, four people died within eight days including two brothers from south west England, and rescue teams have been involved in many emergency calls.

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