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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2006, 21:57 GMT
Snowdon climbers led to safety
A snow-covered Snowdon
Snowdon is reckoned to be the busiest peak in Britain
A group of three climbers have been rescued from Snowdon after being trapped on the mountain on Tuesday evening.

Rescuers say the climbers had minor injuries with one suffering a twisted ankle.

The incident is believed to have taken place near Bwlch Glas, the same area where an experienced Irish climber died last Friday.

The rescue was particularly difficult because of snow and poor light.

Donal McGrath, 61, of Butlerstown, County Waterford, was walking on the Pyg track with his mountaineering club when he fell nearly 700ft.

The death on Friday was the beginning of a busy weekend for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team, which was called out five times in two days.

It said less experienced walkers were caught out by the unseasonal cold weather high on the mountain.

The mountain rescue team were called to a number of incidents over the weekend :

  • A 44-year-old man fell hundreds of feet at almost the same spot as Mr McGrath on Saturday, breaking an arm and leg.

  • Also on Saturday, two inexperienced climbers were rescued after getting stranded on the ice.
  • On Sunday a party of eight from Turkey were rescued after one of them slipped and dislocated his shoulder, their equipment was "totally inappropriate".
  • Also on Sunday a woman from Kent broke her leg and injured her head and hip after falling while on Mynydd Mawr in the Nantlle Valley.

At 3,560ft (1,085m) Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England. The Llanberis rescuers also believe that it is probably the busiest in Britain.

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