Snowdon is still in full winter conditions, rescuers warned. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

Snowdon is still in full winter conditions, rescuers warned. Photo: John S Turner CC-BY-SA-2.0

A woman and her son suffering from hypothermia were airlifted from Wales’s highest mountain after losing their way.

Rescuers said the 41-year-old woman and her 17-year old son, from Kent were not properly equipped and didn’t have adequate clothing for the 1,085m (3,560ft) mountain.

A walker who came across the pair on Snowdon called out mountain rescuers today after stopping to help them above Clogwyn Coch.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 9.35am and 12 volunteer members went to their aid.

A team spokesperson said: “The mother and son left Pen y Pass intending to go to Snowdon’s summit via Pyg Track.

“They encountered snow and ice from the intersection of the Pyg Track and the Miners’ Track but continued to the summit of Snowdon despite slipping and sliding.

“They decided to descend via the Llanberis Path but quickly became disorientated by wind and cold and felt unable to go on.

“A passing walker who was properly equipped for the conditions stopped to help them and called for assistance from the mountain rescue team.”

The spokesperson said both mother and son became hypothermic.

A Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley flew to the site and airlifted some of the rescuers to the base of the cloud at Clogwyn Station on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, from where they continued on foot to the site above the 150m-high crags of Clogwyn Coch.


Llanberis MRT posted a video of the rescue

The pair were roped to safety by team members then airlifted by the Sea King to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

The spokesperson said conditions on the mountain were ‘truly awful’ with winds of more than 70mph and blown spindrift. There was snow and ice underfoot.

Llanberis MRT said anyone heading for the upper reaches of Snowdon needs an ice-axe and crampons and the ability to use them.

Walkers also need appropriate clothing along with food and warm drinks.

The spokesperson said people should recognise their limitations and be prepared to turn back in good time if necessary.

The north Wales team’s plea to walkers to be aware of winter conditions follows a similar message yesterday from colleagues in south Wales where walkers have had to be rescued from icy mountains in the Brecon Beacons.

Snowdon attracts thousands of walkers every year, but unwary and ill equipped walkers can put themselves in danger. There have been deaths on the Llanberis Path where walkers have slid from the hard snow over the precipices of the crags to the North-West.

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