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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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


 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.


 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.


 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


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 22nd April

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


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 10th June

Team called out at 11.55hrs to assist Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team with a female who had an ankle injury on the PYG track. The AMRT members on scene helped carry the casualty down on a stretcher.
The casualty was brought down safely to Pen Y Pass and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.
Team stood down at 19.02hrs.


 10th June

Whilst responding to the above incident, members of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team came across a second incident on the PYG track where a walker had fallen and sustained a head injury.
Two Aberglaslyn team members who had made their way to the Llanberis Team's base directly for the initial incident were deployed onto the hill alongside Llanberis personnel to assist.
The casualty was brought down safely to the Llanberis Team's base and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.


 10th June

The Team were alerted at 13:31hrs to assist the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team with a male suffering from suspected cardiac issues at Snowdon summit.
The team deployed 6 personnel who made their way to the scene in atrocious weather conditions and high winds, with team members almost being blown off their feet.
In a joint effort between both teams, the casualty was stretchered down from the mountain and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by members of the Llanberis team.
Team stood down at 20:15hrs


 17th June

Team alerted at 16:15hrs to a report of an overdue runner hwo was taking part in the Cwm Pennant Horseshoe race. The runner was reported to have failed to reach 2 checkpoints. Concerned for her safety and whereabouts, the race organisers contacted North Wales Police.
The Team's Search Managers quickly identified search areas, and the planning phase was underway in a bid to locate the missing runner whilst the team were placed on standby
Fortunately, news came that the female had been located safe and well and the team were stood down at 18.00hrs.


 17th June

Shortly after 23:00, a Team Leader local to the area was contacted directly to inform him of a report of flashing lights having been seen on Craig y Castell, behind Ysbyty Alltwen, Tremadog. The informant had flashed a torch back at the light which had flashed back repeatedly
Following discussions with North Wales Police, 2 Team Members were sent to investigate the lights, in the event someone was in distress.
Following a thorough investigation nothing was found. False alarm with good intent
Team stood down at 00.00hrs.


 22nd June

The team was call out at 18.07hrs to assist 2 persons, lost near Mynydd Sygyn, Beddgelert. The walkers were unable to make their way down towards Beddgelert. One of the walkers was registered blind. Using the Sarloc system, team members were able to locate their exact location, on Mynydd Sygyn above Beddgelert, before deploying on foot to meet the 2 lost persons and assist them off the mountain.
Team stood down at 20.40hrs.


 24th June

Team alerted at 16:31hrs to a report of a female having slipped and sustained an ankle injury on the top of Cwm Croesor. The female had sustained an isolated ankle injury and was unable to walk.
The Team deployed 1 Mountain Rescue Ambulance to the scene, but the casualty was high on the mountainside and in heavy cloud with visibility down to less than 20 metres in places. Given the long carry-off over steep ground the assistance of both the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team and the Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team to assist with personnel. Once on scene the casualty was treated by the Team's Casualty Carers and stretchered from the hill by personnel from all 3 teams.
All teams were stood down at 22.00hrs from a difficult rescue.


 1st July

Request from LLMRT at 07.42hsr for assistance to carry off casualty from the PYG track. Peris troops arrived on scene and were able to get person moving and with support and walked him down to their vehicle.
Team stood down on-route at 08.41hrs.


 1st July

Team called at 23:03 to assist the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation who were searching for two walkers on the Glyderau range who had become lost.
Aberglaslyn MRT, North East Wales Search and Rescue, and the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service also attended to assist with the search.
2 x AMRT members were airlifed to the scene but could not be winched therefore were driven to the scene.
The couple were located in the early hours and stretchered from the hill by all 4 teams in an extremely difficult carry off.
The Team returned to base at 05:20hrs.


 2nd July

Team alerted at 14.56hrs of person fallen on 'One Step in the Clouds', Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog.
The climber had hit the ground after falling off the climb.
Team member arrived on scene within 15 mins of first call and found the climber (AMRT member). The casualty had been attended to by a PyB member of staff and also 2 LLMRT members who were on scene and witnessed the accident, they also used their own climbing gear to get the second down. The casualty was transported by car to Ysbyty Alltwen.
Team stood down at 15.16hrs.


 7th July

Team alerted at 17.15hrs to report of two people lost on Moel Sygun, Beddglert. Team dispatched to location and escorted the down to safety.
Team stood down at 19.40hrs.


 11th July

Team alerted at 10.48hrs to report of missing D of E group – Nant Gwynant area. A search was commenced; the group eventually made contact with with the D of E leader and stated they were safe and well.
Team stood down at 13.38hrs.


 19th July

Request received at 12.22hrs from OVMRO to assist at incident in the Dolwyddelan area. The casualty, a 17 year old female member of a D of E group had sustained a possible dislocated knee.
She was stretchered to the road-side for transport by one of the D of E leaders. SSMRT also attended.
Team stood down at 14.55hrs.


 19th July

Team alerted at 16.40hrs by LLMRT for assistance in carry off from the Miners Track, Snowdon – female with possible ankle fracture.
Team stood down at 18.48hrs.


 19th July

Team alerted at 19.0hrs to report of five male members of D of E group lost Moelyn Mawr area. In inclement weather a search was commenced in the Cwm Croesor area, eventually the missing group were located by a SARDA dog.
SSMRT also attended.
Team stood down at 00.57hrs.


 4th August

Team alerted at 20.40hrs to report of elderly male fallen and stuck in mud for nine hours, Y Ffor / Pencaenewydd area. Request for Team to assist in recovering casualty to ambulance at roadside.
Team successfully stretchers casualty to ambulance for transport to YG.
Team stood down at 22.25hrs.
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 13th August

Team alerted at 20.42hrs to report of family lost on the Moelwyns.
Family walking up the Moelwyns and became lost on there decent, decided to go back the way they came.
Female and child exhausted in Rhosydd Quarry. Male decided to make way to carpark to alert MR. They all eventually managed to make their own way down to Tanygrisiau and were met by a Team member.
Team stood down at 21.21hrs.


 14th August

Request received at 18.02hrs from LLMRT for possible assistance to search for overdue swimmer – Llyn Cwellyn.
R936 was tasked and reported the swimmer had been located – still swimming – and did not required assistance.
The Team stood down at 18.18hrs.


 15th August

Team alerted at 16.36hrs to report of 73 yr old male stuck in brambles just off the beach Golff Rd Abersoch. Coastguard Team managed to extract the casualty.
Team stood down at 16.42hrs.


 15th August

Team alerted at 23.57hrs to report of two overdue walkers on Yr Eifl.
The Team were stood down some minutes later after a report that the missing walkers had turned up safe and well.


 19th August

Team alerted at 13.12hrs - 62 year old male walking with wife, slipped and fractured ankle – Golan area. Paramedic on scene asked for EMRTS to attend. Once Helimed on scene they quickly realised they needed MRT to carry to helicopter.
Team assisted and then stood down at 13.55hrs.


 19th August

Team alerted at 15.44hrs - 40 yr old male fallen 8-10m rock climbing at Craig du wall, Tremadog. Reported with suspected broken back and head injury. Team liaised with R936 SAR helicopter, stabilised casualty who was winched into helicopter and transported to YG.
Team stood down at approx. 18.30hrs.


 21st August

Team alerted at 12.27hrs – Male and two dogs had walked up Cwmorthin to Rhosydd Quarry. Carried on forwards and became disorientated in mist.
Casualty had full hill kit and GPS from which he was able to give a grid ref.
Team were deployed and eventually located the dogs and person.
Team stood down at 15.48hrs.


 24th August

Team alerted at 17.39 to report of a party of three (one five year old child) lost on Moel Sygun, Beddgelert. The conditions were good and they were able to give a grid reference, using the GPS on their mobile phone, of where they were, but were unable to find their way off. They did not have adequate clothing or maps and compass. It was decided to put the Team on standby pending giving instructions, by phone, to guide them to the nearest footpath. They eventually made their way down safely to their car in Beddgelert.
The Team stood down at 20.10hrs.


 25th August

Team alerted at 21.14hrs to report of lights seen in the area of Craig yr Ogof, Cwm Silyn. Two members of public reported seeing lights, however, after discussion it was decided that it was a false alarm with good intent.
Team stood down at 22.15hrs.


 27th August

Team alerted at 22.00hrs to report of missing walker, Nantlle Ridge area. He had decided to go off, separately, from his girl friend and she reported him missing when she realised he had not returned to their car, parked at Ryd-Ddu. The Team commenced a search and a request to assist was made to SSMRT.
Fortunately, at 23.57hrs the missing walker turned up at their car and the Team was stood down.


 28th August

Request received from OVMRO at 20.40hrs for assistance with stretcher carry off from near summit of Pen Yr Ole Wen – casualty with chest pains. R936 SAR helicopter unable to assist at first due to cloud conditions and visibility. Fortunately the helicopter eventually managed to extract the casualty and transported him to YG.
Team stood down at 22.19hrs.


 1st September

Team alerted at 14.00 Male deceased Yr Eifl Quarry. Team stood down at 17.33


 2nd September

Team alerted at 14.57 female fallen and twisted her ankle unable to walk Beddgelert forest. Team stood down at 18.50


 30th September

Team alerted at 12.41 Called to assist LLMRT.
Male age 41 fallen 250 metres from Crib Goch into Cwm Uchaf, sustained fatal injuries. Team stood down at 00.50


 30th September

Team alerted at 21.59 Request from LLMRT for support in carrying a female with a fractured ankle on the Miners path near the Glaslyn outlet. Team stood down at 00.00


 6th October

Team alerted at 14.43 Husband and wife walked up from Nantmor car park up cwm bychan intent on doing the circular route to Beddgelert and back down the fisherman’s path. Missed the path to Beddgelert descended directly opposite the lay by above the pass; descended to approximately 100ft of the fisherman’s path to a point where they could not go up or down! Team stood down at 18.00


 19th October

Team alerted at 10.45 Team were alerted by NWP.
Body recovery at Aberglaslyn Pass.
Welsh Ambulance service, NWP and MR were on scene. Team stood down at 12.32


 21st October

Team alerted at 12.20 Team called to male with suspected broken ankle on the Cwm Bychan path from the Nantmor Car Park in Aberglaslyn Pass.
Team stood down at 17.00


 23rd October

Team alerted at 18.45 Team alerted at 18:45hrs on Monday to report of 2 persons who had become benighted having set off from the Crimea Pass, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The pair had set off earlier in the afternoon, and parked their car at the top of the Crimea Pass prior to going for a walk up towards Moel Drynogydd. The pair had come to the junction of two streams and were unable to continue any further (now known to be the Afon Lledr). The couple were SARLOC'ed and their location identified.
As it was a team training evening, 15 Team Members were deployed in good time and made their way to the casualty location.
Assistance was provided by a local farmer with his quadbike to convey MR personnel to the scene, where the casualties were assisted to handrail the river higher upstream to a suitable crossing point. The casualties were then walked off the hill to an awaiting team vehicle, prior to being given a lift back to their car on the top of the Crimea Pass.
Team stood down at 22.20


 24th October

Team alerted at 10.35 Possible assist with SSSART - Missing Person.
Team stood down at 11.57


 7th November

Team alerted at 17.20 2 females missing in Nantmor area. Both found safe and well by the team and guided back to their vehicles.
Team stood down at 20.22


 12th November

Team alerted at 18.29 Call from NWP to reports of a male benighted on Cnicht. The male had set out earlier in the evening to set off Chinese Lanterns from the summit. The male who had no torch, or any other form of lighting had then become benighted and lost on the hill.
The male had then contacted family members who then raised the alarm. Contacting the informants proved difficult, but once contact had been established it transpired that the male had been brought to safety from the hill by friends. Welfare check carried out and male was safe and well. Team stood down at 19.49


 18th November

Team alerted at 16.20 Team alerted to report of a couple and a dog lost above Beddgelert. Team placed on standby and incident investigated by Co-ordinator who spoke with Casualty Party whilst en-route to Base. From their description of the area it was believed that he has been to the Craig Y Llan / Bwlch Sygyn area. He described how they had become stuck in a bog and had decided to call for MRT support. At the time of the call, they had got themselves out of the bog and were at the sign below Bwlch Sygyn signposting them to Beddgelert / Sygyn.
The cas was advised to take the path to the right down to Sygyn as this is the quickest / safest method due to the terrain to get them to the roadhead. SARLOC also sent.
Follow up call to the Casualties at 17:00 revealed they were on the road and walking back into Beddgelert past the 30mph signs.
Team stood down at 17.06


 21st November

 Team alerted at 10.24 Request by NWP to assist in searching for possible driver / occupant of a vehicle reported as have gone down a steep cliff 600ft general area of Uwchmynydd near Aberdaron,into the sea. Police advised that MCA / MRCC have jurisdiction on all costal incidents. Initial call should have gone to HM coastguard not AMRT.
Team put on Stand by until advised to stand down, not tasked to incident as HM coastguard took charge of incident. Team stood down at 12.58


 22nd November

 Team alerted at 00.26 Silver activation by NWP at 22:26 in relation to flooding within parts of Anglesey and Gwynedd.
Team Water Group (SRT’s) activated and availability requested with good response from all. The following was declared to Silver as deployable. 00.26 23rd November


 29th November

 Team alerted at 18.42 Team called by NWP JCC with call from WAST - Female 300m from roadside on Garn Fadyryn with fractured ankle.
Team stood down en route at 20.05


 4th December

 Team alerted at 16.10 Party of 2 lost after doing a National Trust walk in the Beddgelert- Nantmor area. The caller reported that she was out walking with her partner and dog.
Team stood down at 19.22