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Two found dead after Snowdon hunt


Snow hampered attempts to bring the two bodies from the mountain

Two bodies have been found on Snowdon by rescuers searching for brothers who went missing following a weekend trip.

Mountain rescue teams from Llanberis and RAF Valley had started searching for the pair on Sunday night and resumed early on Monday morning.

North Wales Police said no formal identification had been made but they believed they were the missing men.

The brothers from the south west of England had arrived in the area on Friday.

RAF Valley were alerted at 0300 GMT on Sunday and a search was started. It was resumed at 0810 GMT on Monday.

The alarm was raised at about 2100 GMT on Sunday after they failed to return home.

The climbers' bodies were found at Clogwyn Coch, not far from the summit of Snowdon.

Ian Henderson, from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said the two men had fallen a couple of hundred metres and were found close to each other by a search dog.

He said they were reasonably well-equipped but advised experienced climbers to consider whether to climb Snowdon in the current conditions.

"I would strongly recommend that people without a lot of experience and the right equipment don't venture on to the mountain.

"If people are at all unsure they should stay away. More heavy snow is forecast on the mountain."

The mountain region had received snow showers on Sunday night and the Met Office was forecasting further snowfall and temporary blizzard conditions at times on summits and high slopes in Snowdonia.

The men were in their 30s and it is believed both were married.

  • Meanwhile on Monday, two men in their 20s were winched to safety by RAF Valley after getting stuck on Crib Goch. They were taken by helicopter to Nant Peris. They were uninjured.

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