Date 2017

Location and Incident

 

 1st January

Team alerted at 05:24 at the request of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team who were dealing with a couple who were benighted on the PYG track.
A man developed medical problems and was unable to walk by the time the Llanberis team arrived. With low cloud, the Aberglaslyn and Ogwen Teams were asked to support the operation.
Thankfully, a coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon airlifted him off the hill as the Team were mustering at base.

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 1st January

Team alerted to reports of 2 walkers who had become benighted and unable to continue due to icy conditions. The party were initially reported to be in the area of Llyn Clogwyn in the Moelwyn Range.
A Team Co-Ordinator placed the Team on Standby, and investigations begun to establish the exact location of the pair. After speaking to the party on the phone to establish their movements up until this point, and checking grid references, there investigations revealed that the pair were actually on the slopes of Carnedd Llewellyn, in the Ogwen Valley Team's area.
The incident was handed over to the Ogwen Team and the Aberglaslyn Team were stood down.

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 3rd January

Team alerted at 19:52hrs to reports of 2 lights in the Aberglaslyn Pass in a precarious position on steep ground. The informant described the lights as being high on the slope opposite the cottage at Aberglaslyn Bridge. They had been present since 18:00hrs and the informant was gravely concerned that these persons may be / may come to difficulty due to their location in their attempt to descend to the road or footpath.
The lights were clearly visible from the road and as such members of the public had been stopping to investigate, with locals describing it as abnormal.
Based on the content in the initial log and conversation with the informant, the incident was escalated to a callout and the Team deployed a Mountain Rescue Ambulance from their base in nearby Porthmadog. Upon the Team's arrival the lights had disappeared. A search of the area located a group of 3 climbers who had been climbing a route in the area and between the times described by the informant.
The Team were stood down at 21:00hrs. False alarm with good intent.

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 8th January

Team alerted by NWP at 15:51hrs to a report of two walkers lost in the Croesor area. Communications by mobile phone were very intermittent and there was difficulty in receiving full information. The Team were called out to the AMRT base to plan a search and try to establish the location of the walkers. Fortunately contact was eventually made and the walkers informed a Team member that they had managed to safely descend to a road.
The Team stood down at 16:37hrs.

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 27th January

Request received from NWP at 02.45hrs to assist with search for vulnerable missing teenager in the Porthmadog area. A request was also received for a SARDA dog for the search.
As Team were mustering at Base NWP stated that the missing person had been located.
The Team stood down at 03.25hrs.

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 11th February

Team alerted at 14:09hrs to reports of two walkers who were lost in fog / whiteout conditions and believed to be in the area of Cwm Croesor.
The Team's Co-Ordinators duly made contact with the well prepared and experienced pair and established that they had summitted Cnicht, and had intended to loop around the horseshoe. Heavy fog and snow showers fell and the pair became lost and wandered around for some time prior to calling for assistance.
The Team deployed nine Team Members to search for the pair who managed to find a break in the weather and find a track which lead them to a farm near Roman Bridge, Dolwyddelan - some distance away from the area they believed themselves to be at.
The pair who were safe and well were picked up by Team and taken back to their vehicle in Croesor.
Team stood down at 16.09hrs.

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 12th February

Team alerted at 15.02hrs by LLMRT to assist with search for two walkers on the PYG track, Snowdon.
The two walkers were eventually located and assisted off the mountain.
Team stood down at 17.57hrs.

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 27th February

Team alerted at 11:34 to assist the South Snowdonia Search & Rescue Team with reports of a walker having been located by a member of the public in a cold and weak state having been out overnight.

The Team deployed 5 Team Members and 1 Ambulance to the location to join our neighbouring colleagues and provided casualty care to the female prior to stretchering her to a clearing above the woodland.

The female was then airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Team stood down at 15:30hrs

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 11th March

Team alerted at 19:45hrs to a report of two walkers who had become separated from their group and were now lost in the area of Gelli Iago in poor visibility.
The Team deployed 12 Team Members and two vehicles whilst assistance was sought from Search and Rescue Dogs Association (Sarda Wales) who deployed two Search Dogs to assist.
At 22:35hrs, the pair were located safe and well, although wet and cold, by Search Dog Scout and his Handler Richard Beech. The pair were then safely escorted to safety off the hill.
Team stood down at 00:35hrs.

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 19th March

Team alerted at 19:45hrs to assist the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team with the rescue of a male who had fallen and sustained a hand injury on Crib Goch.
As the Team were mustering at base and loading the vehicles news came that the Casualty was walking wounded and the Team's assistance was not required.

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 22nd March

Team alerted at 17:07 to report of a female having slipped and sustained a suspected broken leg above Beddgelert.
10 Team Members and 2 Vehicles deployed who stretchered the female to safety over steep and slippery ground to an awaiting Ambulance.
Team stood down at 19:30

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 29/30th March

Team called out at 22.26hrs to assist in search for overdue helicopter en-route to Dublin.
From Wednesday night through to Thursday morning, all six North Wales civilian volunteer mountain rescue teams and the RAF Mountain Rescue Service were deployed in the search for a missing helicopter in Snowdonia. The weather conditions were very poor with limited visibility making searching very difficult. The area being searched contains some of the roughest terrain in Snowdonia.
One of the search parties found the crash site and the occupants of the helicopter. Sadly of all the casualties were deceased.
Our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Team stood down March 30th at 10.37hrs.

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 2nd April

Team received at 16.58hrs a report of lights seen on Cnicht. After investigation it was determined as false alarm with good intent.
Team stood down at 18.01hrs.

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 18th April

Team alerted at 14.17hrs to report of female walker with ankle injury, Beddgelert area near Craflwyn Hall. Assistance required to stretcher casualty to awaiting ambulance.
After attending the scene the Team was stood down at 16.36hrs.

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 18th April

Team requested at 19.01hrs to assist LLMRT dealing with female walker with possible fractured ankle, near Clogwyn Station, Snowdon.
Team stood down at 19.55hrs when R936 SAR helicopter extracted the casualty.

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 22nd April

Team alerted at 16.00hrs to assist LLMRT - casualty, with head injury, PYG track, Snowdon.
Team stood down at 17.28hrs.

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 1st May

Team on standby at 23.46hrs to assist SSSART with search for male, in the Taly Bont / Ysgethin / Pont Sgethin area, who phoned asking for 'Mountain Rescue'.
Casualty eventually located at Tal y Bont station when mobile comms allowed.
Team stood down at 00.01hrs 2nd May.

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 6th May

Team called at 13.46hrs to reports of a female having fallen whilst bouldering on the approach path to the Upper Tier. The female had sustained an open fracture of the ankle which was treated by the Team's casualty carers.
She was evacuated by stretcher to the team vehicles prior to being handed over to the Welsh Ambulance Service in Tremadog.
Team stood down at 15.44hrs.

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 6th May

Team called at 18.48hrs to report of persons became disorientated above the Aberglaslyn Pass and making their way down to the railway. They could see the path but thought the fence was electrified. Team leader gave advice which resulted in party making their own way down safe and well. TL remained in phone contact throughout event.
Team stood down at 20.37hrs.

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 19th May

Team called out at 16.28hrs to report of injured walker on Cwm Silyn, Nantlle Ridge.
As they were climbing down the casualty pulled a boulder down on his leg and suffered an injury reported to be down to bone and bleeding.
Due to the location and severity of injury R936 was tasked and flew the casualty to YG.
The casualty's wife made her own way off the hill to their campsite, she remained in contact with the team until she was safe and the incident was then closed at 18.43hrs.

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 27th May

Search advisors contacted at 00.36hrs by NWP JCC re a High Risk MFH in the Caernarfon area with the requirement of search dog. As LLMRT were already dealing with an incident the call was picked up by Aberglaslyn Search Advisor to contact SARDA for dog availability and deployment. As advisor was on the phone with the JCC awaiting to be transferred to Sgt on scene information was given that Dogs / Teams were not required as person had been located, unfortunately deceased, by Officers.
Team stood down at 00.50hrs.

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 1st June

Team were alerted at 17:26hrs to a report of a party of 4 who had become lost above the A498 near Nant Gwynant.
The group had set off from Plas Y Brenin at around 7am that morning, and whilst out walking had fallen victim to low cloud and had become disorientated. Unsure of their location and getting cold, the party wisely called for the assistance of Mountain Rescue.
The Team's Co-Ordinators quickly contacted the party, and established their location using SARLOC, which revealed them to be on the North-Western slopes of Moel Siabod.
The party were guided down to the roadside (A4086) via telephone where they were met by an awaiting Team Vehicle and transported to Capel Curig.
The Team were stood down at 20:00hrs.

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