Photo: Chris March CC-BY-SA-2.0

Photo: Chris March CC-BY-SA-2.0

The body of a walker has been found on Wales’s highest mountain.

The man, in his 20s, was found by rescuers on the East Ridge of Snowdon this morning.

He was reported missing yesterday evening when he failed to return from a walk on the mountain.

Rescuers were alerted when a friend of the man met a group of Search and Rescue Dogs Association Wales handlers who were training in the Pen y Pass area yesterday evening.

The search dog handlers suggested the man call 999 and Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was called out and worked with four Sarda members in the search for the missing walker.

A major search took place overnight and resumed this morning, with members of Aberglaslyn and RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Teams joining colleagues from the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Llanberis team members joining the hunt for the man.

A Sea King helicopter from 22 Squadron at RAF Valley also joined the search.

The body of the walker was found by members of Llanberis MRT and dog handler Rich Beech with his animal Scout at 10.20am today.

North Wales Police said the man has not been formally identified, but is not believed to be from Wales.

A spokesperson for Sarda Wales said: “The family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this sad time.”

A Sarda Wales member also made a plea for members of the public to ask for police, mountain rescue when requesting help for injured people on the hills. He said: “Many people automatically ask for the ambulance when someone is injured and this can lead to delays in them being rescued.”

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