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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2006, 11:47 GMT
Hunt for Snowdon walker abandoned
Gary Davison (inset); Snowdon search
Helicopters have been involved in the search for Gary Davison (inset)
A search for a hill walker missing on Snowdon since last Monday has been abandoned.

Up to 70 people, dogs and helicopters have been involved in the hunt since Thursday for Gary Davison, 44, a draughtsman from Slough, Berkshire, whose car was found parked nearby.

But it was decided to call off the search after all likely areas where he could have been had been checked.

Rescuers said the search would resume if new information became available.

More than 50 people took part in the search on Saturday for Mr Davison, who was last seen walking on his own towards either the Pyg Track or Miners' Track, which both lead up Snowdon.

The alarm was raised on Thursday after friends found his car in Pen-y-Pass.

Co-ordinators estimate that 1,600 hours have been put into the search.

Conditions on Saturday were described as ideal, with unrestricted visibility, and there were hundreds of walkers and climbers on the mountain in addition to the rescue team.

Ian Henderson
Concerned: Ian Henderson of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team
The weather has been very cold during the week, however, with temperatures below freezing and snow and ice on rocks and paths.

Search co-ordinator Ian Henderson, of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said on Saturday: "Obviously as time passes we haven't found any sign of him.

"If he is on the mountain then his condition is increasing in seriousness as time goes on."

Last year there were 86 mountain rescue incidents on Snowdon, up 14 on the previous year.

The "steady increase" in incidents corresponds with an increase in the number of people visiting the area.


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