Llyn Cowlyd seen from the Creigiau Gleision ridge. Photo: Terry Hughes CC-BY-SA-2.0

Llyn Cowlyd seen from the Creigiau Gleision ridge. Photo: Terry Hughes CC-BY-SA-2.0

A man was rescued after getting lost on a hillside when his GPS battery went flat.

The 48-year-old from Chester set out from Capel Curig in Snowdonia at the weekend and headed for the area around Llyn Crafnant, north-east of the village.

After climbing the Creigiau Gleision ridge and walking towards the Llyn Cowlyd area, he became disoriented on the hills as low cloud enveloped the ridge.

Chris Lloyd of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation said: “Unfortunately, the batteries in his GPS went dead so he telephoned his wife to inform her that he was lost in low cloud.

“She made the 999 call late in the afternoon.

“North Wales Police alerted OVMRO shortly after 6pm. Attempts to make contact with the man via his mobile phone were thwarted due to the phone batteries being flat as well.”

Rescuers found his car and managed to narrow the search area. 12 members of the Ogwen Valley team were sent to search for the man in separate parties under the control of search managers at their base 7km (4 miles) away.

Mr Lloyd said: “At about 9pm the man was found at the upper end of Llyn Cowlyd making his way back to his car. He was grateful for the escort and the hot cup of tea which he received back at Oggi Base.”

Rescuers said the walker was dressed for the hills and had the appropriate equipment.

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