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Men criticised for wheelchair run

Mountain rescuers said the call-out was avoidable

Rescuers have criticised a group who tried to take a man in a wheelchair up Snowdon then called for help when they ran into difficulties.

The group from Coventry were taking part in a fundraising record attempt to see how many martial arts enthusiasts could climb the mountain at one time.

They carried the man up Llanberis Path but found it too tough to go further.

They then left the man in the wheelchair with a friend, while they carried on and reached the peak.

When they returned to the man in the wheelchair, they were too tired to carry him back down and called for help from mountain rescuers.

Llanberis mountain rescue team carried the 31-year-old man, who they said was cold, from the foot of Allt Moses to the mountain railway and put him on a train to the foot of the mountain.

The rescue team said the call-out on Saturday could have been avoided if the party had turned around with the wheelchair instead of continuing the ascent.

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