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London ice climbing student survives Snowdon fall

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RAF Valley crews were called to two rescues in the same area

A 19-year-old man escaped with face and arm injuries after a 100ft (30m) fall while ice climbing in Snowdonia.

The student from Imperial College, London was with a group of well-equipped climbers on Cwm Cneifion, also known as the Nameless Cwm.

Two Ogwen Valley mountain rescuers, also climbing nearby, gave first aid.

He was airlifted to hospital by an RAF Valley rescue helicopter. The base was also involved in two other rescues on Saturday from Glyder Fawr and Anglesey.

The Sea King helicopter also flew a 26-year-old man to hospital after he suffered a suspected broken leg when he slipped on snow and fell 30ft (9m) on Glyder Fawr.


Rescuers said he was with a party of nine from Chester who were not equipped properly for winter mountaineering.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old climber was airlifted to hospital with two broken ankles after falling on Holyhead mountain.

Coastguards were alerted at around 1640 GMT on Saturday after the man fell around 25ft (7m) on the back of the mountain.

The Holyhead lifeboat was also launched during the operation, along with a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley. The climber was found by the coastguard rescue team before he was treated by paramedics.

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