Police have named a 60-year-old man who fell to his death from a Snowdonia ridge on Thursday.

John Richard Norcross tumbled 100m from Crib Goch, the arête on the Snowdon horseshoe. He was walking with his son-in-law, who alerted rescuers.

Mr Norcross, of Woodley, near Stockport, Cheshire, was described as an experienced walker. 19 members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the aid of the mountaineer. He was taken by RAF helicopter to the Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor where he was pronounced dead.

His son-in-law, who was uninjured but suffering from shock, was also airlifted from the mountain.

A spokesman for the MRT said: “The walkers were well equipped and the weather was fine and dry.
“It seems to have been just a tragic accident.”

Mr Norcross fell down the near-vertical face of Crib Goch to the scree of Cwm Glas. A member of the public also went to his aid. Rescuers were winched by the RAF helicopter to Mr Norcross because of the steep terrain. It took them three hours to recover his body.